The Latest News from Tenpins & More

July 9, 2018

A record 179 entries were bowled in the 9th Summer Games bowling tournament that concluded Sunday at Tenpins & More, beating the old mark of 134 set in 2014. 

Rusty Coffey captained his team, "VFW 5890" to a win by 14 pins followed by Karen Coffey 637, Hector Ortiz 595 and Paul Golden 442 for a handicap-added tally of 2,820.

Marcus Sanders headlined his team consisting of Dana Sanders, Linda and Joe Herrera with a 683 set as they finished with 2,806, followed by Steve Quintana, Gerry McCann, Alvin Thon and Troian Donnachaidh on 2,792.

The youth team of Luis Garcia, Kallista Fritts, Stephen Poswiatowski and Mariano Garcia fired 2,855 to win their title, led by Mariano Garcia's stellar 266, 256, 223 (745). The Garcia brothers also won the youth doubles.

Doubles went to Marcus, and son, Christopher Sanders with 1,508, both contributing 663 and 647 respectively, ahead of George Hutton/ Rick Benard with 1,455, followed by Anthony Jaramillo/Gerry Smith on 1,441.

Robert Edwards threw 268, 269 and 219 (756) to break out of a "mini-slump" with a vengeance. His 837 set winning men's singles by 51 pins from Kano Williams with Joe Herrera third on 742 followed by R J Bellman next a pin behind in fourth.

Lori Hoffman, a former duckpin bowler from the East Coast, connected for a 585 series to total 753 with handicap in winning her first tenpin event from Diana Herrera 721 and Donnachaidh 706 in women's singles.

Deo Benard shot his boys singles with 279, 268, 259 for an 806 series as the 14-year-old beat Mariano Garcia by 122 pins. Fritts won girls singles with 654.

The Summer Masters, bowled on July 4, went to Alonzo Jaramillo who opened the six-gamer with 238, 290 and 258 (786) to cruise to a 57-pin win over Dan Brenning, who closed strongly with 289, followed by Marcus Sanders, R J Bellman and C J Valencia.

Estela Rico had back-to-back 226 and 204 (off of a 138 entering average) to win the women's title from Johnna More by 27 pins and Kym Bradley-Hanon a further 22 pins back in third.

Stephen Powiatowski closed with 219 to run down Yarelis Alvarez by three pins in the youth final with Dylan Lopez third.

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July is the first of three months of bowling celebrations to commemorate the 35th birthday of Tenpins & More which opened July 31, 1983. During this tenure, people - locals and visitors - have bowled about eight million games on the Center's 24 lanes.

A calendar of events is available at the Center.

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UPCOMING: (click here to go our calendar) 

Sun Jul 8: Firecracker Doubles at 10 am, 12 & 2 pm

Sun Jul 8: New Mexico Open Sweeper at 9.30 am

Sat Jul 14: NMBN Singles at 9 am

Sun Jul 15: Summer Coaching Camp from 9.30 am

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In older news...

June 27

The Rio Rancho Rams bowling team finished sixth at the National High School Championships that finished Monday at Fairview Heights, Illinois.  This is from a starting field of 46 teams, but all the more commendable as our squad included three girls in the almost all-male event. Only two other teams had females in their line-ups - two in one team and one in another.

Hot favorites, Sun Prairie High School from Wisconsin won their second title from three years in the event, but it was a spirited effort from the Rams. which included Ben Groves, Deo Benard, Luis Garcia, Cole and Stephen Poswiatowski, Aileen Linares, Kallista Fritts and Yarelis Alvarez.

In the accompanying singles tournament, the Poswiatowski twins made the cut from a mammoth 380 size boys field to the top 120 and moved up in the next round to finish in the 80's, both averaging 200.

In the girls division of 180, Kara Thompson and Fritts just missed the cut to 120, while Alvarez and Linares continued on through four more survivor rounds, with Alvarez finishing 17th.

Linares proved her worth closing with the second best series of 212, 256, 205 and 217 (890) for an "Elite 8" berth and fifth place overall, moving up from 11th on the last day. Only the eventual winner, Faith Welch from Iliinois with 264, 237, 203 and 299 (1,003) outscored the graduating senior from Rio Rancho.

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Jose Viramontes has passed away at the age of 95.  "Shorty" as he was affectionately called by his team-mates, bowled until May and was planning on returning to the lanes in the fall league season. 

Jose was a World War II veteran in the United States Army. He was a Rifleman Paratrooper with the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division, serving in three major battles at Normandy, Ardennes and the "Battle of the Bulge", honored with ribbons and medals. 

He loved to bowl, including at one point, six different leagues a week as well as weekend tournaments, carrying as high as a 190 average. His high game was 299 and three-game set 699, both bowled in the Senior Swingers League at Tenpins & More.  Jose was accurate with a bowling ball, often converting splits and making most of his spare attempts. He also enjoyed restoring vintage Army jeeps, coin collecting and working in the yard with his large, extended family.

Rest in peace, Jose Viramontes - a real hero. We'll miss you at the Center.

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UPCOMING: (click here to go our calendar) 

Sun July 1 - Final squads in 9th Summer Games at 9 am and 11 am

Wed July 4 - Finals for Summer Masters at 10 am


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June 7

Former Rams bowling team member, Paul Carper came down from Colorado last Sunday and won paid entry to the $64,000 New Mexico Open at Tenpins & More.  He qualified first with 1,457/6 (average 242.8), citing a ball change that gave him a personal best 279, 248, 265, 230 (1,022) over the last four games, ahead of Brian Bledsoe 1,398 and Matt Smith 1,394 in the high-scoring affair.  In the roll-off, Smith easily beat Bledsoe with 267, but lost to Carper 234-255 after leaving a pocket 7-10 split mid-way through the match.  Caper is one of 69 entries thus far in the August 17-19 event, now part of the prestige "World Bowling Tour".

Other recent sign-ups include Scott Myers who won a Masters title in Colorado last month, along with former top twelve finalist, Martin Bedford of San Antonio and local youth bowler, Deo Benard.

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Entries are coming in now for the 9th annual "Summer Games" tournament set for June 22-24 and June 29-July 1 at Tenpins & More.  The contest features teams of four, doubles and singles over three games, with handicaps added and is multiple entry.

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The ARCA Bowlathon held last Saturday at Tenpins & More raised almost $120,000 to bring the ten-year total to more than $ 960,000. Michele Cody, of ARCA and event patron, Bob Scanlon were pleased with the result, which was an event record, although they were aiming to break the million dollar mark.

"Keep the first Saturday of June, 2019 free of other commitments and join us then for a day to remember, working to benefit more than 700 individuals under ARCA's care", encouraged co-organizer and Tenpins' center manager, Steve Mackie.

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June 2

J D Nance needed to strike the first ball in the tenth frame to win Monday's Memorial Day Scratch Classic bowling tournament at Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho after opponent, Rick Benard had forced the issue by striking out from the ninth frame for 211.  Nance threw it faster than normal and a full count looked doubtful, but when the four remaining pins quit falling, Nance of Rio Rancho had won his title and $750 from presenting sponsor, Lo-Mar Bowling Supply with a score of 226. 

He had actually had a very high-scoring day, winning earlier matches with 279-238 over Dennis Helmick, 235-188 from Bob Dillman, 247-194 with Lance Emerson and 257-225 that put Benard in to the loser's bracket.  For a while, it seemed Dana Miller-Mackie might get to the final clash, winning all but one of her matches with games of 235, 224, 246, 238, 208 and 202 before losing to Benard in the semis 218-268 to settle in third.

Other finishers were Emerson 4th, Dan Brenning 5th, Andy Byer 6th, Pete Sheridan 7th, Aaron Johnson 8th, Cody Hanson from Denver 9th and C J Valencia 10th.

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Entries in the 15th New Mexico Open, set for August 17-19, moved to 66, well ahead of any other year. At least one other person will be added from this Sunday's sweeper at Tenpins & More starting at 9.30 am. 

Sponsors are coming in too, with bowling ball company, the Brands of Ebonite, joining Shamrock Foods, Wayne Luco - a bowling dentist in Rio Rancho and Admiral Beverage signing up to be part of the tournament's historic addition to the prestige "World Bowling Tour".

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The 9th Annual Summer Games, a handicap-added event for all league bowlers will be held in Rio Rancho June 22-24 and June 29-July 1, with teams of four, doubles and singles on the fare.  As well, the Handicap Masters for men, women and youth will be finalized on Wednesday July 4 from 10 am. Separate qualifying for the Masters is on-going through July 3, using league, tournament or open play entries.

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Real Bowling Heros

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