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JANUARY 7, 2020

JANUARY 1 - The field of sixteen bowlers averaged over 226 per game, over 60 games in last Sunday's final of the Hammer Scratch Match-Play Series at Tenpins & More.  With over $3,400 prize-money at stake, including $1,000 on top, everyone wanted to finish 2019 on a high note.

Outstanding head-to-head matches were plentiful; Dan Brenning over Zachary Harvey 246-231, Sam Pinge 290 to Andy Zumwalt's 248, Brian Bledsoe over Diego Lucero 266-229 and Tyler Albracht of Amarillo eliminating Brenning 255-234.  In the championship match, DeeRonn Booker, leader with a 4-0 record on games of 227, 259, 222 and 267 kept his winning streak on track finishing off the Texan by a scoreline of 234-202, a coomendable effort by Albracht who bowled nineteen consecutive games on the day.  Booker's 241.8 average helped the former Californian bowler to his first win in the Rio Rancho series.

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Kym Bradley-Hanon also won her first event, the Senior Champion of Champions final at Tenpins & More after Christmas.  Bradley-Hanon won her last three matches with games of 204, 164 and 200 to tally 1,730, to finish tied for first with Robert Edwards, with Ken Shields third eight pins behind.  This required a tie-breaking match-up, which she won 214-209 over Edwards for the $ 600 prize and trophy.

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Seven Centers will shoe up their best bowlers for the annual "High 5" teams championship at Skidmore's Holiday Bowl on January 12.  Strike Gold Lanes in Santa Fe and Bowlero Lanes in Farmington are dark horses in the line-up that includes Starlight Lanes, Holiday Bowl, Artesia Lanes, Big Rock out of Espanola and Tenpins & More.

It took a record 229.62 league average to make the local men's team of Paul Carper, Mike Riley, Dan Brenning, David Templeton, Dennis Helmick and Pete Sheridan.

The Rio Rancho women's squad is poised, on paper, to challenge defending champions, Holiday Bowl, with Dana Miller-Mackie, Adrienne Hare, Karen Barcal, Melissa Danks, Dusti Griffin and Donna Dowd.

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Jan 11 - Women & Men's Champion of Champions finals from 9 am

Jan 18/19 - Women's City Tournament from 9 am

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Forty-one different bowlers have become eligible to represent their state in the State Games of America's next outing scheduled for the cities of Ames and Des Moines, Iowa in the summer of 2021 following their efforts in the New Mexico Games bowling competition at Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho over Thanksgiving. 

Bo Bolon, who recently equaled the state record with 879 over three league games, closed with 257, 248, 236, 258 and 238 (after an opening 181) for 1,418 to beat Cleveland Storm head bowling coach, Dennis Helmick by 22 pins with Michael Burks third on 1,311 in the blue ribbon Open scratch division.  Volcano Vista head coach, Perry Hampel led by strong example, winning both men's A and senior men's A with a ten-game combined average of more than 215 per game. He relegated Gilbert Martinez and Orlando Ulibarri Jr in the regular men's section and Robert Edwards and Bob Thurston in the over-50 bracket.  Bobby Leitch was consistent in winning men's B, beating his entering average each game for a 38-pin margin over Diego Arias followed by sports promoter, Billy Bob Clark third 22 pins behind.  Alex DeVargas ran down Mark Menard and Seth Muller in men's C with 171, 173, 180 his last set.

Melissa Danks opened with 271 to Sandra Chavez' 275 but finished better with 228, 212 and 195 for the women's A win, followed by Karen Barcal in third. Native American League member, Shannon Lastyona included 215 in her women's B victory from Vickie Greenwood with Jenn Medas next ten pins away.  Trish Matthes exceeded her regular average by almost 100 pins in two of her six games to beat Regina Manzo and Tracy Zak in women's C division.

Larry Colon shot 217, 159, 202 and 204 to eke out a 10-pin margin over Farmington's Randy Tobey with local, Gary Thorsted third in senior men's B.  Sally Kantz was even closer in senior women's A ahead of Arthana Hampel by five, the margin coming in the last game when both were tied. Evelyn Trujillo was third, only 18 pins behind.  Teresa Thorsted won senior women's B from Lorraine Silva by eleven pins then Marilyn Wassmann next.

There was a tie for the gold medal in boys A between Josh Burnett and Tyler Doucett, both on 950, with Burnett's closing 223 the catch-up score. Sixth-grader, Logan Trujillo, who has a bright future in the sport wasn't far behind (nine pins) in third.  Robert Dutton advanced alone in boys B, joined by Jamie Meuth, Aileen Linares and Krystal Campos from girls A and Mulder sisters, Gillian and Mackenzie in girls B. 

All those named, along with place-getters in earlier Center roll-offs shared in total prize-money of more than $3,200.

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Competition was fierce in the annual Thanksgiving Eve Doubles Marathon at Tenpins & More, with a full-house 24 teams contesting the $1,650 tournament.  Three teams tied for first with match-play records of 6-2, necessitating a tie-breaker game after more than four hours of bowling. 

Jeff Jones' 233 saved the day for him and Tracy Fredrickson by one pin from Dean Marie and Santiago Chavez. Chavez' gallant 224 just short of the $ 400 first prize. Third went to early leaders, Trish Matthes and Jenn Flynn. Next up was a three-way tie on 5-3, with Joe Romero's 266 blitzing the opposition as he and wife, Kassi beat Christian Apolonio/Angel Ortega, followed by Dana and Marcus Sanders in sixth.  Seventh place, on their own, with nine points was brother and sister, Gilbert and Tiana Martinez, followed by a big tie-breaker finish by Michael Lee and Michael Bague, with 210 and 230 respectively for eighth place.

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