By Al Pote, For December 29, 2009

Decatur youth bowler Tyler Young capped a month-long onslaught with his first Decatur perfect game and best season series, while James Box continued his pursuit of local bowling records with two 300 games and an 800 in multiple venues.

Young, the 16-year-old author of a half-dozen 700 sets in a five-week stretch, earned his second career 300 on Saturday in the Pla-Mor Junior-Major League, part of a 785 set. Young's first 300 came in a 2008 Bloomington tournament, and he also rolled a 299 and 801 in 2007 at the age of 13.

Box, a 48-year-old Decatur Bowling Hall of Famer, garnered his tenth 300 of the season in an 844 set on Dec. 17 in the All Star Individual Classic League at Springfield's King Pin Lanes.

Two days later, Box accompanied a group of Decatur bowlers to the Effingham Silver Dollar Classic, where he added another 12-bagger in the Doubles portion of the 32nd annual event at Pagel's Silver Dollar Lanes.

With his 300-game mark at eleven, Box is still nine shy of Shawn Reed's record set in 2005. Reed got back on track at Effingham with an 810 series (256-278-276) in the Team event, taking the divisional lead with help from Mike Patterson, Larry Larsen, Jr., Sam Templeton and Steve Napier.

On Dec. 20, Reed made the trip to Alton for a Roll-For-The-Dough tournament, and he started the day with a 250 and 300 en route to a sixth-place finish.

Also in Effingham, Gabe Howell drilled a 12-bagger on Dec. 19, while Dan Floyd rolled a 299 he following day. However, their spouses were not satisfied to be spectators.

Karen Floyd and Cynthia Howell teamed with Nicole Downey, Darrilyn Milburn and Janet Vincent to take the lead in the Silver Dollar team event. Vincent fired a 279 game in her set of 758, while Milburn, a top player from Springfield, had the high game on the team with 288.

AVERAGE BUSTERS: Butch Snyder had his best performance of the season on Dec. 16 with a high game of 289 and a 759 series in Spare Time's Building Trades League. Britt Sturgeon notched his third award of the season with a 300 in the Cavalier Classic League.

The Sunshiners League was the site of two strong efforts by players with contrasting styles. Butch Burnett continued his rise to prominence with a 298 game and 732 series, while one of Decatur's all-time favorites, Percy Meeks, smashed his 167 average with a 709 series, his first 700 in over a decade.

MONTICELLO NEWS: Chris Dick registered the first 300 of the season at Monticello Bowl on December 1 in the Pinsplitters League. Brian Guinn, a longtime participant in Decatur leagues, had three close brushes with 800 at the 12-lane facility.

On Dec. 3, Guinn fired a 797 series in the Quad City League, and he followed that five nights later with a 794 set. On the 10th, the 43-year-old Guinn shot a 784.

Monticello Bowl is preparing for its first New Year's Eve No-Tap tournament, from 6-9pm on Thursday. The cost will be $20 for the handicap event. For information on other tournaments or events involving the Wichita State bowling team, participants are asked to call 217-762-5726.

In Decatur, Spare Time and Pla-Mor will each have two separate New Year's celebrations. The early sessions will be tailored for families, at 6:30-to-9 and 6-to-8 respectively, and then the lanes will be available for adults to ring in 2010. Those late sessions will begin at 9pm at Pla-Mor (428-2222) and at 10pm at Spare Time (875-3141).
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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