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Restorations almost finished

By By Mike Carson / bowling columnist
October 12, 2004
The Meridian YABA has set Oct. 31 as the date for the annual Halloween Mystery Scratch Scotch Doubles tournament. The YABA invites everyone to participate in the fun-filled event which will benefit our local youth bowlers. Shift times will be at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. You won't know who your partner is until names are drawn prior to the start of each shift.
For those of you who have never bowled scotch doubles, this unique format calls for the partners to alternate shots. If the lead-off bowler fails to strike on the first ball, the the anchor bowler attempts to convert the spare. If the bowler does strike, the anchor bowler will bowl first the next frame.
The entry fee is only $15 per person and payoff will take place following the 4 p.m. shift. So grab a friend or two, come on in and enjoy the fun while helping our future continue to grow.
Despite the dust and the mess, local bowlers are beginning to see the new face of bowling change before their very eyes as the lane renovations continue at Dixie Bowl. Little by little, workers are making their way across the lanes, giving the center a whole new look in the process. By the time this article appears in print, the work will be entering its final few days as more and more bowlers get the opportunity to get their first crack at the new conditions.
Those who have already bowled on the new surfaces seem to be having only a few problems adjusting to the approaches and different ball reactions. I know Larry Hattell certainly had no problems cranking out his career high series of 697 the first time he bowled on them. Dixie Bowl manager M.A. Copeland invites everyone to come out and view the changes firsthand. In his words, "Excuse our mess while we progress".
Just ahead of the changes, bowlers continued to pound the pins for the big numbers last week. Leon Fike just missed the season's first perfect game in the Queen City league. Only a stubborn 4-pin stood between him and his second career 300 game as he cranked out a nice 299 while on his way to a 743 series. Richard Whitten, who is new to the area but not new to bowling, pounded out a big 290 game and produced the week's high series with a 770. Greg Taylor must have thought he was a jet as he streaked to 747 while Jim Broderick Jr. Scored big with a 743. Robert Brown and Barry Woods continued to be neck-and-neck as both bowlers rolled their fifth "7" of the young season. Barry carded a 709 while Robert kicked it up a notch with a 724.
Congratulations to Ricky Nelson, who recorded his first career 700 with a 707, and to Jack Blythe, who blasted his second career 700 with a 728. Not to be left out, M.A. Copeland used a 279 game to find his way to a 716 set in the Wednesday Night Mixed league. Other guys producing some nice numbers last week included C.O. Gray, James Dillard, Joe Hasson, Rodney Bounds, Billy Priester, Willie Whitted and Melvin Bush. Senior Citizen bowler James Mitchell Cranked out his highest series ever with a 654.
Two ladies tied for the high series last week. Shirley Gaines reeled off a nice 237/637 while Nita Fike fired a 242 game to record the same series. Denise Rutledge found her way to a 233 while finishing up with a 615 and Anita Wysocki rounded out the leaders with a 601.
One bowler is needed to fill out a team on the Wednesday Night Mixed league. If you are interested in taking this spot, contact Dixie Bowl Lanes.
That's all for this week. Until next week, good luck and good bowling.

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