Throwback Thursday 11/30/17: “Pair roll 300s in final game on same night”

“Two members of the Saturday Nite Mixed League, I am sure, received a great amount of attention as they neared the end of their third game. After the final ball of the night was delivered by Paulette Guerrero and by Mike Hollon, both bowlers had recorded 300 games.

Guerrero had bowled 258 and 197 in her earlier lines, so ended with a league-leading 755. Hollon’s first two games had been 226 and 225. His 751 final score was the second best in the league that night.

About two months earlier, Hollon had bowled a 300 as the opening line of a dandy 778 series. The league’s secretary, Wanda Johnson, informed me that both of Hollon’s perfect games were bowled on the same pair of lanes at Town & Country Bowl. I’ll bet he will be anxious to return to that pair again.”

-The Rock Island Argus
January 11, 2008

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Throwback Thursday 11/23/17: “Hall of fame guys”

“Three men were inducted into the Moline-East Moline Bowling Association Hall of Fame in ceremonies held last month in conjunction with the association’s annual meeting.

The newest honorees were Bob Cosper and Von McLane Jr. in the bowling skills category and Bob Vollrath for meritorious service to the local association.

Cosper’s bowling credentials are extensive and reach far beyond the local scene. He has been a memeber of the MEMBA for 30 years, during which time he had numerous averages over 200. In a career that dates back to 1961, the talented right-hander has bowled five 300 and two 299 games. He has amassed more than 250 series of 700 or better.

Much of Cosper’s success has been in tournament action, both at the local level and in places far afield. He was a member of a team that finished in third place in an ABC Tournament several years ago. Because of his outstanding ability, Cosper had earlier been elected to the Rock Island B.A. and Greater Davenport B.A. Hall of Fame.

McLane has been an outstanding bowler in MEMBA leagues for many years, during which time he accumulated one 300, two 299 and one 298 games. He posted an 800 series in the Senior Division of a recent MEMBA City Tournament.

The skillful McLane has had other successes in City Tournaments, having won both the regular doubles and senior doubles. He was also on two championship teams.

Way back in 1961, McLane was the winner of the Tri-City Elimination competition, which advanced him to the National All-Star Tournament that year. He has also won two Central Illinois Classic B.A. singles tournaments and was on two first-place teams at the Central Illinois Tournament held annually in Springfield.

Vollrath has been active on the MEMBA board for many years, dating back to when it was knows as the Moline B.A. He served as association president from 1961-63. When a merger of the Moline B.A. and East Moline B.A. was contemplated, Vollrath was one of the men active in the process.

Over the years, Vollrath has acquired the unofficial title of “association watchdog” for his persistent effort in ensuring that the work and the finances of the MEMBA is properly conducted.

Still an active bowler, Vollrath exhibits the tenacity that gives real meaning to the words ‘meritorious service.'”

-The Rock Island Argus
April 20, 1997

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Throwback Thursday 11/16/17: “Perfect games becoming more common on lanes”

“It is the goal (dream?) of many bowlers to, someday, bowl a 300 game. For the majority, this goal is never reached, even though perfect games are occurring frequently, both in the Quad-Cities and across the nation.

This column has reported 29 300 games thus far this season. I am confident that there have been others that did not reach me. Of those I have written about, four were by female bowlers.

Last season, there were 48,674 perfect games bowled by ABC members, while those sanctioned by the WIBC accumulated only 1,060 such scores. Both of those figures reflect a scoring pace that was unheard of not too many years ago.

Then came a span of 20 years before another Tri-City Classic 300 was bowled. In the 1957-58 season, two such games occurred, an event worthy of considerable print in local newspapers.

Moline’s Don Johnson was the next to hit 300 in the league in 1978, some 21 years further along in Tri-City Classic history.

Entering the 2005-06 season, a total of 272 perfect games have been bowled in that high-scoring league, with all but eight coming in the last 23 seasons. The league recorded an astounding 45 300 games during the 2003-04 season.

A.C. Jellison of St. Louis was the first to receive an award from the ABC for having bowled a 300 game. This took place Dec. 15, 1908. Jenny Hoverson Kelleher had the first perfect game recognized by the WIBC. The Madison, Wis., bowler tossed a 300 game Feb. 12, 1930.

There are many reasons why 300 games are happening with an increasing frequency. Let’s give credit, first, to the ability level of present-day bowlers. Pair that with an array of bowling balls that provide many options for those bowlers. Add to the equation lane conditions that, while legal under USBC requirements, allow for an easier path to the pocket.

Yes, tougher conditions are made possible by adjusting the lane maintenance machines. These more difficult conditions have been used, occasionally, in leagues and tournaments. The typical “house” conditions will keep those 300 games occurring on a more-or-less frequent basis.”

-Cal Whitmore
The Rock Island Argus
December 24, 2005

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Throwback Thursday 11/9/17: “Perfect Scores Keep Coming”

“The 1999-2000 bowling season is rapidly drawing to a close, but the big scores keep rolling in. Two Town and Country Lanes bowlers recently posted a 300 game in league action.

Larry Dobereiner of East Moline opened last week’s East Moline City League session with a perfect game, then added 198 and 181 lines for a 679 series. If memory serves me correctly, this was the second 300 for Dobereiner this season.

Earl Dreon had the other Town and Country gem and I am pleased to report this 300. Dreon strung 12 strikes to open his Jolly Boys League series, garnering his first-ever 300. This proves good things come to those who wait patiently. You see, Dreon is 69 years old. He slipped to 157 in his second game, but rebounded to 228 for a 685 series.

Dreon’s comment to me about his 300 was “the last three strikes were all solid Brooklyn hits”. Congratulations, Earl.”

-The Rock Island Argus
April 1, 2000

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Throwback Thursday 11/2/17: “Sub sets Highland Park Scoring record”

“When Josh Cantrill walked into Highland Park Bowl this past Monday, he had no intention of bowling. Rather, he was there to visit with others bowling in the Moline Eagles League.

When Cantrill left the Moline center that night, he was the holder of the highest score ever bowled at Highland Park.

The 25-year-old right-hander became a last-minute substitute, then proceeded to pound the pins for games of 279, 300, and 279 for a massive 858 series.

During his three games, Cantrill rolled 33 strikes, at one point having 26 in a row.

“I left the 10-pin in the seventh frame of the first game, got the spare and struck out. From then on, I had strikes until the first ball in the 10th frame of the last game when I left another 10-pin,” Cantrill said.

What makes this an even more amazing feat is that Cantrill, who averaged 227 last season, is not bowling regularly in any league this season. His appearances as a sub have been few.

“I just decided I was going to take a year off (from being a regular member) of league bowling,” is how he described his current situation.

Apparently, a reduced amount of nights spent on the lanes has done nothing to adversely affect his bowling skills. In addition to his huge 858, Cantrill recorded a 704 in one of his three appearances as a sub in the Tri-City Classic League at Leisure Lanes.

I suspect Cantrill will be much more in demand after Monday’s outstanding session.”

-The Rock Island Argus
November 22, 2002

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Throwback Thursday 10/26/17: “Do Drop Inn Alleys Ready for Bowlers; Makes 15 in Moline”

“The Do Drop Inn bowling alleys, Sixth avenue and Fourteenth street, are now ready for the crash of the maples. The drives have been completely refinished, and are good as new.

With their opening, there will be fifteen available bowling alleys, all in first-class condition, in Moline.”

-The Daily Dispatch
September 8, 1923

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Throwback Thursday 10/19/17: “Work Is Rushed On New Alleys”

“Work on the construction of the six bowling alleys in the basement of the Fort Armstrong hotel in Rock Island is progressing steadily. The alleys will be completed within the next three weeks, providing the work goes on at the same rate it has during the last two weeks.

Employees of the Brunswick-Balke-Collender company are in charge of the construction. Cross planing was to be completed late today, and the finishing touches on the smoothing off process will then be applied.

The alleys are to be of the latest type, including the best in pin-setting and ball-returning devices. None of the devices has been fixed in their places yet, although all of the material, even the pins, has arrived.

Laying and smoothing of the alley floors is a long and painstaking job. The floors were not built by laying one board at a time, but rather were constructed standing up on one side and then dropped over into place.

Great accuracy was needed in the planing process. The alleys must be made as smooth as possible, and the planing requires great skill, since one poor stroke of a plane may do considerable damage in roughing the floor of an alley.

There is not doubt but that the alleys will prove a popular place this winter. Several leagues have already made arrangements to bowl regularly. Tournaments are planned.”

-Moline Daily Dispatch
October 21, 1926

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