By Al Pote, For November 3, 2009

Tim Frey captured his second award score of the season last Sunday [Oct. 25] when he fired a 300 in his first game in the House Round of the ISBPA Youth Team Tournament at Spare Time Lanes.

The 16-year-old right-hander, who rolled an 801 series on September 19, finished his set with games of 185 and 258 for a 743 series. It was the fourth career perfect game for Frey and his third in 2009. Two other youth standouts, Andrew Larck (222-225-277=724) and Tyler Young (225-276-225=731), also eclipsed the 700 barrier.

Young and Hannah Moore were officially recognized as 2008-2009 Youth Bowlers of the Year at the October 24 Hall of Fame Banquet. The top adults of the campaign were also honored, Tammy Jones and Jason Queen in the Classic category, and Sue James and Gene Vincent in the Seniors group.

October 19 was a watershed evening in the N & W Fellowship League as three bowlers crafted perfect games. Teammates Gabe Howell (779 series) and Mike Mullinax (774) collaborated in the second game; however, they were merely sharing honors with Decatur's top tournament bowler of the past 12 months.

Bennie Holman, author of an 804 series (279-290-235) the previous night in Pla-Mor's Odd Couples League, started the N & W night with 12 straight strikes. Holman was recognized at the Hall of Fame banquet for his breakout season on the PBA Senior Regional Tour, where he garnered two second-place finishes.

Two more milestones were reached the following night. Crystal Madrigal hit personal highs with a 290 game and 735 series in Strike Time Ladies, while David Ashby III bowled his first 700 set, a 717 with a high game of 279, in the Miller Lite League.

Larry Porter rolled his fourth career 300 on Oct. 22 in the Pla-Mor Men's League, while Chad Campbell bagged his second perfect game the following week in the Spare Time Jasper League. Steve Shae (782, Cavalier Classic) and Keith Ferre (792, N & W) threatened the 800 barrier at the end of October.

BIG LEAGUE PLAYER: Jason Finley has made a smooth transition from youth to adult leagues this season, reaching perfection in only his 15th game as a "BA" member.

"I'd had the front nine before but this time I felt more confident," Finley said. "I don't know why because I stepped in a puddle before I started and was fighting a wet [sliding] shoe all day."

Finley rolled his 300 in the final game of an early October makeup session of the Building Trades League. "I just thought about throwing good shots," Finley said. "After the last ball, all I remember was turning around and seeing my mom, who was also bowling a makeup a few lanes away."

Finley, a left-hander, credited more family members for giving him sound fundamentals and attitude. "My grandma (the late Hall of Famer Rita Finley) was a big influence, and my parents told me that after I throw the ball, I should walk back with a smile," Finley said. "They taught me so much; it didn't matter that they were right-handed."

Unfortunately, due to the "Mushtare Rule," Finley will not receive a USBC award for his perfect game, but Jason took the bad news in stride. "The memory of throwing a 300 is something I'll have forever," Finley said. "I don't need a ring to remind me what I did."

Finley is still pursuing USBC awards for this season, but his attempts will be limited because he has enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and will depart on December 7 to San Diego.

MIXED MASTERS: Antonio Butts and Janet Vincent contributed the top individual scores in the recently-completed Decatur Mixed championship. On October 24, Butts fired his fifth career perfect game and Vincent propelled her team with a 745 series.

Official City Mixed Team results are scheduled to be released later this week.
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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