The Latest News from Tenpins & More
* By the time the tournament ends on Sunday (5/21) afternoon, more than 5,400 games will have been bowled by league players from across the state in the New Mexico Championship tournament at Tenpins & More. The top-level open team event is led by "Ego State University", all leaguers at Tenpins & More, who put together a hard-won 3,410 series, a 227 average per bowler on tricky tournament lane conditions.
Rick Benard led off with 234, 245, 225 (704), followed by Mike Miller 288, 245, 219 (752), Lance Emerson 217, 224, 246 (687), Dana Miller-Mackie 202, 173, 232 (607) and anchor Matt Smith 224, 214, 222 (660) to create consistent team games of 1,165, 1,101 and 1,144 and a lead over second place by 62 pins.
The quintet carded 200 "marks" between them, often more than enough to capture that "blue-ribbon" event.
Other area bowlers with top ten placings at present include Eric Espinda, Donna and Eddie Dowd, Crystal and Guillermo Espinosa, Sam Pinge (who had a 299 last Saturday), Scott Wiley, Louie and Kriss Cordova, Andy Zumwalt, Karen Coffey, Scott Johnston, Gerry McCann, Tyler Weisz, Kelsey Kryjewski, Marcus Medina, Susie Kantz, Joe LaRosaBo Bolon, Gary Hadley and Troi Donnachaidh.
Center manager, Steve Mackie rolled the third perfect game of 300 during the meet (his 31st 300), joining Donna Dowd and Bill Ragsdale who rolled theirs on the first weekend.
* Upcoming: (click here to go directly to the calendar)
Sat May 20/Sun May 21: Final weekend in NM State Championships from 8 am
Mon May 29: New Mexico Open win-a-spot at 9am
Sat June 3: 9th annual ARCA Bowlathon and "Mayors on Strike" from 10.30 am
Sun June 4: Color Pin Cash at 9.30 am
In slightly older news...
The first weekend of three of the New Mexico State Championships being held at Rio Rancho's Tenpins & More Center is in the books, with Donna Dowd leading the local charge with the event's first 300 game. Almost six hundred sets were bowled with Bill Ragsdale's stellar 806 that included the tournament's second 300 best.
Rio Rancho league bowlers handled the tricky tournament lane conditions well with numerous top ten placings going in to the second weekend. In open doubles, Lance Emerson, Eddie and Donna Dowd, Crystal and Guillermo Espinosa and Jeremy and Marcus Medina were featured in the top seven spots.
Four more teams made the top nine standings in lower division doubles, including Louie and Kriss Cordova, Sally and Susie Kantz, Tyler Weisz and Gerry McCann and Tiana and Gilbert Martinez.
Andy Zumwalt, Donna Dowd and Scott Wiley occupy five, eight and nine in handicap singles, behind Ragsdale's big score, while McCann, who practices diligently every Wednesday night, is second in lower division singles.
Kelsey Kryjewski and Susie Kantz are second and eighth in C division singles, while others including Bobbie Vega, Kassi Romero, Eric Espinda, Bo Bolon, Carl Chavez and Troian Donnachaidh also place top ten at present.
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Local youth bowlers won more than their share of medals at the recent Pepsi tournament at Artesia. Alyssa Burks won the under-10 (years) event with 319 over three games, utilizing the now popular two-handed release.
Kallista Fritts of Corrales and Yarelis Alvarez of Rio Rancho tied for first in the under-15 girls with a six-game score of 1,096 at an average of 182.6.
Carson Opela beat Rams team-mate, Luis Garcia by 10 pins, 1,215 to 1, 205 as both averaged over 200 in the under-20 boys, while Aileen Linares carded 1,161 (193.5) to win girls under-20.
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There are more than 430 sign-ups for short-season summer leagues at Tenpins & More, with another forty or more expected by the time the last league starts early next month.
Interested bowlers can sign up over the phone by calling 892-7117 any day after 12 noon.
The annual New Mexico State Championships commence a busy three week-end run at Tenpins & More this Saturday and Sunday (May 6/7), the first time the event has been held in Rio Rancho. More than 580 people will bowl three-game sets in teams of five, doubles and singles on what tournament director, Melody Rayhart said was normally the "quietest" of the event.
"We encouraged plenty of local westside league bowlers to put together teams and it helped grow entries", said Center manager, Steve Mackie. He added there would be lanes for public play at 9.30 pm Saturday and after 4.30 pm Sunday.
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Summer leagues are starting this month at Tenpins & More. There are seventeen "on tap" at the Rio Rancho pin plant and many are reaching the full stage, including the Monday Scratch Doubles, Thursday Coffee Wars and Thursday Some Jazzy Name (youth/adult).
"We're aiming for near 500 bowlers for the short summer season", said Mackie.
One league success story is the Wednesday night "Stress Busters 9" which grew from six teams bowling two games to ten teams bowling three that started on May 3. Interested? Please call 892-7117 or drop in to the Center at 1416 Deborah Road SE to sign up yourself or your team of family, friends and work associates.
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Rio Rancho Mayor, Gregg Hull is the prime mover in helping the ARCA fundraiser at the 9th annual ARCA Bowlathon at Tenpins & More on Saturday June 3. Hull, himself a better-than-average bowler, encourages mayors from around the state to attend for bragging rights by rolling the first strike. He expects up to ten mayors to attend the opening salvo at 10.30 am on June 3.
There are other squads following at 12 noon and 2 pm when ARCA clients, family members, sponsoring companies and league bowlers play two games, enjoy free lunch and colored pin prizes, with the ultimate goal of raising over $ 90,000 to add to the almost quarter of a million dollars generated by the Bowlathon's first eight years.
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A team that included house pros, Mike Miller, Billy Grant and Bob Dillman, along with James Allen of Las Vegas (NM), and Laine Patnode of Santa Fe beat the top-seeded line-up of Paul and Will Yoder, Sam Pinge, Guillermo Espinosa and Santa Fe's John Keller twice to win last weekend's "Big Rock Classic" in Espanola. First place was worth over $ 3,000, while the runners-up were consoled with $ 2,000.
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Former boxing champion, Joe Murphy, now in his seventies, showed a field of more than 50 that he can still beat them all with a consistent effort in last Sunday's "Pentathabowl" five-game event at Tenpins & More. Murphy played the novelty scoring format to perfection, finishing with a tournament record 1,276 total to win by 115 pins from Steve Quintana's 1,161, followed by Sammy Gallegos Jr 1,156 and improving. C J Valencia 1,148. Others to cash were Steve Ross, Seth Vigil, Tristan Sanders, Dan Brenning and Robert Edwards.
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