The Latest News from Tenpins & More
MARCH 14, 2019
Seven winners were decided Sunday in the popular Winter 9-pin No-Tap tournament at Tenpins & More. Buoyed by extra entries from the recent City Championship event, more than 310 entries were received, resulting in a prize-fund of almost $ 2,000, the biggest pay-out since 2006.
The winners were all first-timers and included a husband-and-wife duo in Anthony and Claire Jaramillo, well-known professional photographers in the Rio Rancho area. Anthony won the high-scoring Open division from generally more experienced tournament bowlers by opening with a perfect 900 series, backed up by 278, 265 and 278 for 1,721 and a win by 17 pins from John Lund with John Hayes Jr third, four pins away on 1,700. Hayes, incidentally, had four "phantom" 300's in the novelty final, and topped off his league week with two "real" 300's, one in the Monday Senior Trios, the other in Wednesday's Bud Trios. Claire captured her win in women's C with 1,094, ahead of Michele Cameron on 1,038 and Kyleen Mirelez with 1,036.
RRPD'S Steve Gill returned to the lanes following a hip replacement, winning men's A with 1,542, followed by Brian James and Eric Lopez on 1,519 and 1,516 respectively.
Marty Chavez used a big finish of 254, 224, 260 (738) to beat league team-mate, Mike Lee by a single pin, 1,392 to 1,391 with Andy Woolf third on 1,338 in men's B.
Woolf's Thursday league team member, James DeGroat won men's C finishing with 258 and 253 for 1,226, with Alex DeVargas next on 1,194 and David Sanchez third wioth 1,167.
Kym Bradley-Hanon, who travels from Edgewood to Rio Rancho for weekly league, won women's A with 1,470, beating Sandra Chavez by ten pins with Melissa Drummond third 93 pins behind.
Frances Rico closed strongly with 254, 233 and 246 (733) to win women's B with 1,329, ahead of Tammy Michel 1,292 and Jeanne Hietpas-Carver 1,149 in third.
Area youth bowlers get to show their skills in the last two squads of the City's Junior Championships at Tenpins & More on Sunday. Yarelis Alvarez, Aileen Linares and Kallista Fritts are expected to bowl well in their team, doubles and singles events.
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Calendar: (click here to go our calendar)
March 17: City Youth Championships at 9 am
March 24: Color Pin Cash at 9.30 am
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The 80th City Championship tournament concluded a healthy three-weekend run at Tenpins & More on Sunday, with more than 1,200 sets bowled by over 500 different bowlers. There were some spectacular scores, highlighted by numerous perfect games of 300, and an 801 series by Sam Pinge (234, 267, 300).
In doubles play, Rick Benard shot 300, 257, 222 for 779, partnered by Dana Miller-Mackie 247, 265, 246 for 758 and a 1,537 total, 73 pins ahead of the next best scratch score.
In 5-man teams, three quintets set the lanes "on fire" with massive scores, led by "LIV2WIN", made up of Lance Emerson 665, Miller-Mackie 762, Karen Barcal 649, Benard 740 and Chavez 637 for 3,453.
They were followed by "Tenpins' Five" with 3,451, comprising Melissa Danks 726, Carlos Fourzan 626, Dan Brenning 718, Joe Merrick 680 and Matt Smith 701 and three pins behind, with 3,448 "Silva's Pro-Shop", including Jason Silva 723, Scott Fuqua 537, Mike Miller 709, Eric Espinda 708 and Andy Zumwalt 771 that included one of the last day's 300 games.
Other Rio Ranchoans to do well were Gary Vigil and Tyler Dassie winning handicap doubles ( 359/under) from Judson Carter/Matt Fleming by 52 pins and father/son Cliff and Andy Byer the higher average doubles division.
Esequiel Lopez shot 706 scratch (705 handicap) for the singles win by three from Christopher Trujillo, followed by Mike Miller 786 and Dassie 784 in fourth place.
Vigil Jr captured the lower division all-events and Byer the higher category. Two former professional bowlers, Gary Skidmore 2,256 and Miller 2,255 finished one-two in scratch all-events, with both averaging over 250 per game.
Dan Rivera, George Hutton and Michele Cameron were the top three in senior scratch all-events for averages 179 /under.
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Big scoring also happened during last Friday's session of the "Rancho Runners" league at Tenpins & More. Lead-off Jeff Jones shot 266, Kym Bradley-Hanon had a clean 215, Bob Thurston fired 251 and anchor, Dan Brenning added 238 for a house record mixed team game of 990.
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A LOOK BACK AND FORWARD AT TENPINS & MORE
2018 was another strong year here at TENPINS & MORE, as we again processed more than 231,000 games across the Center’s 24 lanes, well above the national average number of games per lane, per Center.
This past year we’ve spent tens of thousands of dollars to improve air flow efficiency and comfort by installing another new 10-ton HVAC unit, as well as upgrading snack bar storage equipment, along with many minor repairs and maintenance.
We create and host dozens of tournaments, special events and fund-raisers with more than 50 weekends holding an event of some description.
Upcoming special promotions include our seventh year of offering the “Kids Bowl Free” summer program which has given away over 61,000 free games over the years (watch for it starting May 1), the annual New Year’s Eve parties that attract over 180 people each December 31 and the NMAA Foundation Bowlathon, supporting youth scholarships.
We’ll also host the biggest fund-raiser of them all, the ARCA/Bob Scanlon Bowlathon which generates over $ 100,000 in pledges, silent auction sales and corporate sponsorships. We aim to crack the million dollar mark (over 11 years) this June.
Add the Champion of Champions, Junior Bowlers Tour Youth New Mexico Open and Christmas Doubles, multiple Doubles Marathons, 55 + Color Pin contests, in-house No-Taps and Pentathabowl and that still doesn’t anywhere near complete the list.
This year we hosted not only the 80"‘ Open City Championships in February, but welcomed back the Pepsi State Youth, City Youth and Senior State Tournaments, coming up over three weekends in November.
The 16"‘ New Mexico Open - our signature event August 16-18 - will boast a record $64,000 pay-out in addition to more than 30 hours of live world-wide internet coverage and a fun Pro-Am which involves our league bowlers, picking up tips from some of America’s best exponents of the sport. It will also be part again of the “World Bowling Tour” tier 3.
We are proud of our High School teams who bowl here every week from October through February (Rio Rancho, Cibola and Volcano Vista) and our High 5 teams that almost won the prestige men’s and women’s titles at Starlight Bowling, Bar & Grill in January.
None of this would be possible without God’s blessing and the loyal weekly support of our 740+ league members, our regular and occasional open play and company and birthday party customers - and our friendly and helpful staff, including managers, Brianna Moreno (food & beverage), Jeff Jones (facilities) and Billy Grant (Pro-Shop).
Sincerely, Steve & Dana Mackie & Mike Miller
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