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January 5, 2019

Plenty of bowling tournament action highlighted the end of the year at Tenpins & More.  There were seven 9-pin No-Tap divisional winners, double-header Junior Bowlers Tour winners decided (including Rio Rancho's Deo Benard who captured his ninth and tenth titles before his recent 15th birthday) along with new winners in the senior and women's "Champion of Champions" finals.

Scott Waldman of Albuquerque held off a big finish from senior defending champion, Dan Brenning to win by seven pins in the senior event.  Brenning fired 246 but a most unfortunate 7-9 pocket split in the midst of seven strikes stopped the momentum. It was Waldman's first appearence in the 19-year-old annual contest.

Melissa Danks saved her best for last, closing with 238 and 279 to run away with the women's trophy, from Sandra Chavez second and Dusti Griffin in third.  Danks also fired her first 700 three-game set on a sport lane condition in the "Innovative Auto Solutions Draft Classic" at Tenpins & More on Monday night.

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Dual winners were allowed in last Sunday's Scratch Matchplay series at Tenpins & More.  After winning 233-204 and evening up the event at one loss each, Eric Espinda of Rio Rancho and Eddie Joe Torrez of Silver City agreed to share first place when Espinda revealed a badly ripped and blistered thumb from under earlier applied skin patches.

In reaching the final, Torrez beat Guillermo Espinosa 206-201, Dana Miller-Mackie 247-224, Rick Benard 213-195 and Espinda 195-155.   

Espinda had advanced beating Gary Blair of Los Lunas 234-158, Matt Smith 198-167 and Bob Dillman 199-187 before losing to the leader. He then got to the final over Mike Riley 210-183.

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This Sunday (January 6), up to fifty youth will bowl off for the annual Pepsi State Champion crowns in various age brackets, as well as paid entries in to the national Junior Gold tournament back east next summer.

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Short-season winter leagues are forming at Tenpins & More, with ten on the docket, starting now through early February. Click here to go to our League page now.  Sign ups are being taken in person at Tenpins & More or over the phone at 892-7117. Entry can also occur via email at

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Last month...

December 8, 2018

Seven divisional winners emerged from the annual "Christmas Cash 9-pin No-Tap" tournament that concluded Wednesday at Tenpins & More.  Female bowler, Donna Dowd won the otherwise male-dominated Open with scores of 276, 300, 263 (839) then 268, 300, 258 (826) for a 1,665 to beat Rick Benard by 12 pins followed by John Hayes Jr third with 1,611. Dowd is only the third woman in 19 years to win that division.

Lorenzo Rico had sets of 795 and 781 for 1,576 and a close win over youth and high school league coach, Ron Michel by six pins followed by Gilbert Martinez fifty pins back with 1,520 in Men's A.

Jack Ming closed with 300 to easily win Men's B with previous scores of 252, 232, 264, 241, 252 for 1,541 well ahead of Larry Colon's 1,395 and realtor, Dennis Scott with 1,327 in third.

Similar story in Men's C when Garry Branstetter finished with 266 and nearest opponent, Judson Carter "lost the plot" to lose by 88 pins with Alex DeVargas 34 pins behind in third.

Kym Bradley-Hanon, who drives from the East Mountains every week to bowl at Rio Rancho, closed strongly with 257 and 243 to claim Women's A on 1,304 edging out previous No-Tap winners, Donielle Waite 1,253 and Kassi Romero 1,249.

Joloene Sokohl opened with 217, 300 and 232 (749) to put a stranglehold on Women's B winning by 200 pins over Evelyn Trujillo with Tammy Michel, a pin away in third.

Michele Cameron included four games above 200 (234, 217, 200 and 230) to beat Christie Peterson 1,216 to 1,142 with new tournament bowler, Katherine Prouty third with 1,102.

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December through March are hectic tournament months as the winter bowling season heats up.  Next up at Tenpins & More is the $ 4,000 Champion of Champions, qualifying for which started Thursday and runs through December 21.

There are two doubles one-day events as well on December 15 and 16, followed by a huge Junior Bowlers Tour "double-header" weekend, with an Alumni singles on December 22 and the 19th annual Youth/Adult doubles on December 23.

Next up is the Scratch Match-Play Series from December 28-30, then the Pepsi Youth State Championships on January 5 & 6, which is a qualifying event for the national Junior Gold tournament in Detroit next summer.

Sandwiched in between is the 20th annual New Year's Eve parties on Monday December 31, with families coming in at either 2 pm or 5.30 pm and an "anyone" party including chicken dinner and more than three hours of colored pin fun from 8.30 pm until midnight.


December 2

Big scores and an impressive, and unusual, two teams tied at 8-0 after regulation match-play highlighted the annual Thanksgiving Eve Doubles Marathon at Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho last week.  A capacity field of 24 teams contested eight matches to determine the top eight who shared $1,650 in prize-money.

Husband and wife, Joe and Kassi Romero played off over one game against father and son, Cliff and Andy Byer for the title with Kassi's timely 233 the deciding factor in a 422-347 result.

Surprisingly, there were no teams at 7-1, but three teams with 6-2 records who played off for third through fifth. Jason Schindwolf 234 and Carlos Fourzan 229 won that duel (439), over Dana Miller-Mackie 260 and Monte Gustafson 177 (383) with Wendy Shelton 182 and Nathaniel Duran 220 (365) next.

At 5-3, three more teams rolled off for sixth through eighth placings led by Troy Stodard 192 and Sean O'Mara 211 (403), followed by Sara Vargas 177 and Robert Barteau 256 (377) and Nicole Rupp/Demost Quintana next at 350.

Leading scorer was Miller-Mackie who carded 240.2 for nine games, made up of 225, 225, 226, 237, 245, 238, 258, 248 and 260. Joe Romero was second at 230.0, followed by Dan Brenning 224.6.

Other stand-out averages included Andy Byer 222.5, Duran 221.0, Billy Grant 218.1, Fourzan 218.0, Quintana 217.8, Vargas 216.4 and Robert Edwards 213.8. Kassi Romero's 203.3 was a personal best.

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Talking about averages, Rio Rancho Rams anchorman, Deo Benard lifted his season average to 226 after an outstanding 764 three-game set recently at Silva Lanes. He's followed by Kallista Fritts at 212, then Yarelis Alvarez at 201.

This week's (November 30/December 1) round four at Tenpins & More may have set a record entry of 66 teams from 25 different schools across the state, as bowling continues to show strong growth at both High School and Collegiate levels around the country.


Calendar of events: (click here to go our calendar) 

Sun Dec 2: Christmas Cash 9-pin No-Tap finals at 9 am, 11 am & 1.30 pm

Thur Dec 6 - Sun Dec 9: Qualifying rounds for $ 4,000 Champion of Champions tournament at various times

November 26

Forty-four bowlers became eligible to represent the state in next year's National State Games of America finals in Lynchburg, Virginia next summer in the New Mexico Games finals held last week at Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho.  They survived from a starting field of 309 entries and 128 Center finalists, the most entries received since 2008.

Rick Benard overcame a 165 opening game to win Men's Open with 1,373 over six games after closing with 243, 226, 224, 268 and 247. He beat Carl Chavez' 1,345 and Chris Lino 1,327.

Robert Edwards won both Men's A and Senior Men's A with 1,448/6 and 1,016/4 respectively. Gilbert Martinez was second by two pins with 1,446 followed by Alvin Thon ten pins away in third. Bob Thurston and Ron Michel, two of the Rams assistant bowling coaches were next in seniors with 990 and 963.

Gary Vigil Jr finished strongly with 220, 191, 222 to win Men's B by 99 pins from Kenneth Friedrich with Bob Peterson third, two pins behind.

Steve Ross beat his entering average five times in the six games to win Men's C with 1,402 from Mike Davis' 1,377 and new bowler, James Zamora 1,355.

Sandra Chavez, occasionally coached by "thumbless" Mike Miller, employed that same style (bowling without her thumb in the ball) to win Women's A on 1,392, out-pinning Kassi Romero by 42 pins, followed by Troi Donnachaidh 14 pins further back in third.

Jenn Bedard shot 1,368 to win Women's B over Dana Sanders' 1,295 followed by Linda Herrera on 1,289.

Friday night "Native American League" secretary, Felecia Padilla exceeded her 125 entering average every game to win Women's C with 1,422 from league team-mate, Frances Vallo by 24 pins and Trish Matthes third 34 pins behind.

Steve Torbett, bowling now only a few months, captured Senior Men's B on 877, nine pins higher than Larry Colon, with another nine pins away for Willie Edwards in third, a great effort from Edwards after a serious heart attack episode last year. 

Jill Levy parlayed an opening 234 game in to a win in Senior Women's A on 966, beating Kym Bradley-Hanon's 963 with Evelyn Trujillo third with 911.

Rebecca Hernandez finished with 144 and 159 (off an entering average of 109) to easily win Senior Women's B with 957 over Cathy Torbett 886 and Donna Fevig 845.

Deo Benard's starting 268 for 948/4 won Boy's A from Karlten Friedrich 925 and Bryce Jensen 895, while Matthew Mulder 944 beat Reid Meuth 891 and Farmington's Michael Newlon 829 in Boy's B action.

Yarelis Alvarez closed with 222 for 958 in Girls A followed by Aileen Linares 912 and Kallista Fritts' 910, as Jaime Meuth's 967 beat Gillian Mulder 944 and Mikailah Larimore 916 in Girls B.

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The Rio Rancho Rams advanced division bowling team won a special high school event Saturday at Albuquerque's Silva Lanes, whilst averaging their season best 206.8 over 25 games. 

In qualifying team games, three bowlers stood out - Yarelis Alvarez 211, 243, 212 (666), Kallista Fritts 211, 222, 256 (689) and Deo Benard 258, 248, 258 (764).

After each elimination round, the Rams extended their sizeable lead, until facing Cleveland Storm in the championship match over three games, which they won 604-567 to notch their second win of the three matches bowled thus far. Storm won the opener earlier this month.

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