The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

March 13, 2013

Oakwood youngster Phelps two away from 300


DANVILLE — On Feb. 28, we talked very briefly about 14-year old Hunter Phelps, who bowled a 298 with a Storm Ace. Hunter started bowling when he was 4 years of age. He did drop out for a few years, but started back up again when he was about 9.

He is very active in other sports like baseball, football, and basketball, and still maintains his grades, as he will be graduating from Oakwood 8th grade this year as Valedictorian.

As a side, I encourage all youth leaders to submit high scores for their kids in the leagues. After all, these are the bowlers of the future. Let’s show them we are supporting their endeavors.


As usual, we will start off with the Monday leagues. The Monday Nite mixed League at Bulans has 130 average bowler Frank Kellar rolling 50 pins over average to garner a 180 game while Dakota Pollack rolled 52 pins over average for a 243.

For the Monday Nite No Tap League, Terry Jones was the top bowler of the week by shooting 89 pins over his average for a 297 game, while Robbie Ketcherside shot a 719 series. On the women’s side, Sue Strong topped out at 631.

Other bowlers rolling 50 or more pins over average were Richard Morgan 221 (158), Louise Cunningham 207 (135), Lynnse Gondzur 206 (137), and Eryn Lane 152 (84). The following were able to convert various splits: Karen Hoskins got the 5-7, Sara Switzer, Ella Miller and Lynnse Gondzur each picked up the 5-10 and Sharon Craft got the 4-5-7.

The MS Nail Salon’s Sue Strong rolled a 206, at the same time Connie Krabbe bowled a 402 series. Pat Dokey picked up the 6-7 split, Donna Rayhel, the 5-7, and Marilyn Ruffner converted the 4-5-7.

The Monday morning ladies league in Westville had Martha Hance knocking out the 6-7 split.

The Tuesday Nite Go-Getters were not shut out, but literally shut in, as a big snow front came in the Illiana area, and created blizzard like conditions in the rural areas shutting down many activities, including bowling. An updated report will appear next week. I can tell you though, that one of the women from the league rolled a 233 this past Tuesday night.

There was a shocker in the Senior League this past week. No, not really, but Meredith Stokes has been feeling a bit down the past few weeks, but her face lit up this past week when she rolled 68 pins over her average for a 193 game. Laura Baird and Charlie Graul picked up the 5-10 split, while Joe Elliott, Tuck Miller and Raymond Berlin all picked up the 5-7. Marion Johnson, not to be left out, snuck in between the 5-6 to also knock out the 10.

Reports coming in from Sycamore Lanes’s Friday Evening League has Jordan Wiliams with a 247, 70 pins over average. Chad Edminston bowled a 191 (139), Kevin Barnes with a 222 (155), and Beth Barnes ending up with a 197 (142). Kenny Storckman picked up not only the 5-7, but also the 3-8-10 splits while Darrell Edwards knocked out the 2-7-8.

Back to Lincoln Lanes, the Friday Night League also had some very great scores. The following men rolled over 250: Henry Stephens (257), Billy Morgan (267), Terrence Cloyd (268 with a 735 series), Ruben Villereal (267), Jerrad Reed (258 game, 735 series), Josh Troxtell (266 game and a 710 series), and Shawn Steele (277).

Nicole Brown had a 267 as well on the women’s side, with a 644 series. The following bowlers rolled over a series of 675: Jarvis Brown (687), Rich McFarland (680), and Billy Morgan (712).

Other bowlers 50 or more over average: Demond Watson 207 (141), Daryl Smith 202 (152), Amanda Noel 177 (141), and 165 (111), Matthew Pate 222 (167), James Cramer 244 (162), Troy Abernathy 225 (170), Tashia Spillman 210 (155), Donte Baxter 222 (160), Shawn Steele 277 (170), and Austin Adair 236 (162).

Before we end the column this week, we need to let you know that a no tap tourney is scheduled for March 23 at Bulans for 7:30 pm. It will cost $30 a couple.

Thanks again to the folks who report the scores. Your help is greatly appreciated.


Please submit all reports before midnight on Tuesdays. If you need any more info, drop me a note at Check out past articles at The blog has been updated. You may make comments after each blog.

Until next week, let’s have fun and knock ‘em down.

Tuck Miller writes about bowling on Thursdays. You can reach him by e-mail at