The Latest News from Tenpins & More

may 23, 2018

A probable new world record might be set at the 10th annual ARCA Bowlathon scheduled Saturday June 2 at Tenpins & More Bowling Center in Rio Rancho.  The lofty goal of $200,000,if achieved, would bring the decade's tally to more than one million dollars, all ear-marked to help developmentally disabled adults and children in the greater Albuquerque metro area as well as in other parts of New Mexico. This year's fund-raising hook includes a raffle with only 200 tickets to be sold for a chance at one of eight trip prizes, including a grand prize of five days and four nights on a private yacht, complete with captain, crew and executive chef and three staterooms on board for up to six people, children included.

Seventy-two teams of four will bowl in three flights starting at 10.30 am in the 24-lane Center, along with lunch for over 400 people during the event, which also features color pin prizes, strike races and a silent auction.  Opening the day will be the annual "Mayors on Strike" contest that welcomes mayors from ten cities to bowl for "bragging rights", organized by Mayor Gregg Hull of Rio Rancho..

To get involved, visit for full details.  Seven winners emerged from last weekend's Spring 9-pin No-Tap tournament at Tenpins & More.  Mike Riley dominated Open division, firing 1,690 and an easy 118-pin win over Rick Benard, with Anthony Jaramillo third, nine pins back.

C J Valencia continued his good form of late shooting 1,570 to win Men's A over Perry Hampel's 1,533 with Sean O'Mara next on 1,484. Valencia also won the Doubles tournament with Estela Rico the next day.  Jay Medas and wife, Jan each won their B division titles. Jay had 1,457 from Mike Dewart 1,421 and Andy Woolf 1,373, while Jan, In reno this week for the Women's National Championships, had 1,288 beating out Berna McCoy 1,222 and Chandra Ankeny 1,196.

Garry Branstetter threw 1,340 for the Men's C win over Jimmy Sample's 1,182 and last No-tap winner, Alex DeVargas 1,155.  Johnna Mora won Women's A by 30 pins from Diane Wemple followed by East Mountain's Kym Bradley-Hanon, 31 behind for third, while Donna Fevig captured Women's C with 1,184 by 97 from Mel Huston followed by Jessica OrtizYPino in third.


UPCOMING: (click here to go our calendar)

Sat May 26-Mon May 28: Scratch Match-Play

Sat May 26-Sun May 27: Handicap Doubles at 10 am, 12 noon, 2 pm

Sun May 27: Color Pin Cash at 9.30 am

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In Older News...

May 10

Rio Rancho bowler, Haskell Lee caused an upset Sunday when he beat a 13-time Scratch Match-Play champion to win paid entry in to the $ 64,000 New Mexico Open at Tenpins & More in August.  Lee qualified third in a high-scoring round, with 1,426/6 (237.6 average), trailing Las Cruces' Jorge Gutierrez 1,433 and top seeded favorite, J D Nance 1,468.

Lee, a lanky southpaw, easily beat Gutierrez with a 252 game then faced Nance, whom he would have to beat twice.  He won the opener 225-205 then struck out in the last frame to shut down Nance, who also struck out, 234-223, for an unexpected win.   

Lee became entry number 56 in the tournament that looks like it might get to it's 240-entry maximum for the first time in it's 15=year history.

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Four Rio Rancho High School bowlers have set what could be close to a national record during Monday's round of the "High School Spring Challenge League" at Tenpins & More.  All four are part of the eight bowler state champion squad who will represent New Mexico at the third High School National Championships in Fairview Heights, Illinois in June.

Lead-off, Yarelis Alvarez shot 257, 226, 226 for 709, next up Deo Benard 247, 211, 227 (685), Luis Garcia a personal best 206, 268, 276 for 750 and anchor, Kallista Fritts added 632 for a series of 2,776 at an average clip of 231.3.

"This amazing set will be a big confidence boost for the nationals", said Center manager, Steve Mackie.

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Rio Rancho bowler, Guillermo Espinosa is on a big roll in the sport.  He's bowled seven perfect games of 300 at Tenpins & More since early December, including a state record six in the just finished Bud Trios League there Wednesday nights and he won his first open regional title at Monte Vista, Colorado recently. 

Espinosa averaged 229 during the fall league season, which, along with Dan Brenning 231 and Pete Sheridan 228 should be enough to get all three in to the Tenpins & More squad for the next "High 5 Teams Championship" set for Starlight Lanes in Bernalillo in January.

Espinosa's medium-paced spinner release has found a "friend" at Tenpins & More. Since that first 300 on December 6, his 4-game league sets have included seven over 1,000 (250 plus average) and another ten over 900 (225 average) for an 80-game average over 237.

On the other hand, Brenning and Sheridan have made their scores with a faster delivery from the right corner of the lane, proving the versatility of the synthetic lanes at the Deborah Road Center.

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Tenpins & More regulars are the best supporters of area tournaments, proven once again with a hefty twenty-five percent increase in the recent City Senior Championships.  Total entries last month were 500 compared to 398 the year before.

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Angel Ortega fired a closing 279 to help him and bowling partner, Becky Fisher to a sixteen pin winning margin in division 1 mixed doubles action at Tenpins & More last Sunday. They beat Donna and Eddie Dowd with Bobbie Vega and Dan Brenning third, 29 pins further behind.

Division 2 went to the Las Cruces pair, Peggy DeMenge-Nix and Roger Freeman from Bernalillo couple, Kitty and Richard Hays followed by locals, Dana and Marcus Sanders.

Division 3 was won by Native American League bowlers, Aaron Johnson and Frances Vallo by eight pins from Jan Medas and Steve Quintana, with Jackie and Ray Beaugh 13 pins back in third.

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Early entries of more than fifty indicate that this year's 15th New Mexico Open, scheduled August 17-19 at Tenpins & More will be a "sell-out" at 240 bowlers.  Interest has increased since the $ 64,000 tournament, with $ 12,000 going to the winner, was added as a tier 3 event on the internationally recognized "World Bowling Tour."

There is a roll-off here this Sunday (May 6)  to win paid entry in to the August keg-fest, which is the feature event of the Center's 35th Birthday Celebrations between July and September/ The Center officially opened July 31, 1983, according to archived reports in the "Rio Rancho Observer."

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