By Al Pote, For January 19, 2010

James Box accelerated his run at local, state and national records when he notched two more perfect games last week, one in Decatur and the other in Springfield.

On Jan. 11 in Spare Time's N & W Fellowship League, Box crushed the pins with games of 279, 254 and 300 for an 833 series. It was the fifth set of 800 or better for the 47-year-old right-hander this season.

Three nights later, Box stared his series with 12 straight strikes, ending with a 745 in the All-Star Individual Classic League at King Pin Lanes. Box now has 15 perfect games for the season, and he needs five more before August 1 to match the all-time record of 20.

"I've been bowling great everywhere, and it's because I'm not going in with the (bad) attitude that I had the past few years, Box said. "I've had some bad nights during the season, but I don't let them get to me like before."

Jeff Camp added another award score in the N & W League with a 300 in his first game of the night. The Early Elks League witnessed another 300 game this past Wednesday, as Gary Wright went the distance at Pla-Mor.

Other highlights came courtesy of Larry Huddleston (164 average), who shot 267 in the Jasper League, and Brad Scroggins (186 average), who rolled a 279 and 745 in the Building Trades League.

MOVING UP: With a runner-up finish in the Women's City All-Events, a top-ten in Singles, and a noticeable rise in average, Tammy Drake has been climbing the ladies' bowling charts this season.

For one day, Drake reached the top rung, with help from her husband Bruce, as they captured the King and Queen of the Hill tournament last month at Pla-Mor Lanes. Paced by Tammy's tournament-high game of 267, the Drakes qualified first and defeated the duo of Valerie Vincent and Jon Alford in the championship match.

"I've always been competitive and have a high personal drive to succeed," Drake said. "I also listen to Bruce (owner of three perfect games) when he tells me to try different things and which ball may work the best that night."

Looking back on the King & Queen title tilt, Drake was hit by the reality of the moment. "I was totally petrified; scared to death, but we got through it." Drake said.

EASTER SEAL VALENTINES: The annual Easter Seals Bowlathon is scheduled for Sunday, February 14. For the first time in its 23-year history, the event will be held at Spare Time Lanes.

The bowling times will be at 10am and 1pm. The format consists of four-person teams, and players are not required to be USBC-certified.

TOP TWOSOMES: The following youth-adult teams qualified for the Community Twosome Championship, to be held March 7 at Spare Time Lanes.

From Pla-Mor, Bantam Division: Mackenzie Lacy/James Larck, Tessa Neeley/Tom Neeley, Nicolas Rutledge/Karen Floyd, Josh Ragan/Dwayne Peyton, Alex Short/Kevin Short.

Pla-Mor Preps: Taylor Neeley/Jaclyn McCoy, Derek Jones/Deanne Jones, Colton Alexander/J.J. Golladay, Carson Holsapple/Josh Holsapple.

Pla-Mor Juniors: Morgan Short/Heather Short, Mikala Grandfield/Craig Stevens, Cory Hollis/Pam Hollis, C.J. Damron/Bruce Damron, Adrian Beard/Brian McLemore, Jordan Stogner/Tim Stogner.

Pla-Mor Majors: Olivia Tanzyus/Jon Tanzyus, Justin Schoneman/Tim Monette, Eric Carter/Jeremy Reed.

From Spare Time, Bantam Division: Kaela Durbin/Tania Durbin, Emmaly Durbin/Jason Durbin, Trey Alwood/Sara Alwood, Aaron Templeton/Sam Templeton, Victor Montes/Jeff Belcher.

Spare Time Preps: Alyssa Bird/Stacey O'Neill, Carly Haines/Gary Haines, Kyle Newton/Janice Newton, William Ashlock/John Ashlock.

Spare Time Juniors: Taylor Bird/Cynthia Howell, Miranda Bush/Trinity Bush, Taylor Bird/Scott Bird, Colton Watkins/Gary Palas, Austin Tucker/Bob Bagley.

Spare Time Majors: Hannah Moore/Dan Conaway, Adam Moore/Kathy Kauzlarich, Trace Wade/Ron Snyder, Tyler Young/Rick Coy.

600-CLUB DATES CHANGED: On Thursday, the Decatur USBC WBA announced that their 600-Club Singles and Doubles Tournament, being held at Spare Time Lanes, has been moved to the weekend of February 6-7. The change was made due to the presence of other bowling events at the center and to enable more 600-Club ladies to participate.
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Final Results of the 2018-2019 Open Championships (City Tournament)

80th Annual Decatur USBC Open
Championship: Feb. 16-Mar. 10, 2019 - at Spare Time Lanes

Handicap Singles

  • Daniel Goebel - 793
  • Cory Hollis - 768
  • Michael Abel - 756

Scratch Singles

  • Phillip Barry - 747
  • Shawn Reed - 738
  • Jason Queen - 729

Handicap Doubles

  • Tom Adcock/Jason Queen - 1533
  • Garrett Strohl/Jarid Thompson - 1488
  • Bob Gray/Frank Bilyeu - 1458

Scratch Doubles

  • Tom Adcock/Jason Queen - 1533
  • Tim Frey/Phillip Barry - 1372
  • Patty Dodd/Bennie Holman - 1358

Handicap All Events

  • Cory Hollis - 2285
  • Bryson Poe - 2210
  • Jason Queen - 2168

Scratch All-Events

  • Jason Queen - 2168
  • Tim Frey - 2156
  • James Heckwine - 2113

Handicap Team

  • Nic Riley (Nic Riley, Ben McCoy, Michael Wilcox, Jon Alford, Phillip Barry) - 3634
  • Dad's Team - 3535
  • Bring Back Pla-Mor - 3406

Scratch Team

  • Nic Riley (Nic Riley, Ben McCoy, Michael Wilcox, Jon Alford, Phillip Barry) - 3567
  • Bring Back Pla-Mor - 3406
  • Balls Deep - 3187