The Latest News from Tenpins & More

June 8, 2020

Sixty-six bowlers have already qualified for discounted entry in to the 21st annual "Champion of Champions" bowling tournament at Tenpins & More.  Twenty-six men, sixteen seniors, thirteen women and eleven youth are listed, in spite of the required closure, since March 17, of Tenpins & More due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Many bowlers have come from winter leagues that just recently voted to abandon their unfinished seasons because of the currently unknown date of being allowed to re-open the 24-lane Center at 1416 Deborah Road.  Once the Center is open, manager Steve Mackie said there would be an abundance of weekly tournaments as well as short-season summer leagues to add to the finals, scheduled for December.

In the meantime, the Center's restaurant, bar and Pro-Shop have re-opened, with COVID-19 guidelines in place for the safety and security of both customers and staff.

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In Older News, in the Before Times!

February 5 - A father-and-son team from Madrid won the Superbowl Sunday Doubles Marathon at Tenpins & More.  Kenneth and Karlten Friedrich held on in a tie-breaker after three teams had tied at 6-2 after the regulation eight matches.  Their 377 plus eight pins handicap got them to 385 to finish 13 pins ahead of Santiago Chavez and Dean Marie (372), with Gerry Smith and Demost Quintana third at 346. Marie's 266 was the best in the play-off.

There was a six-way play-off for teams at 5-3, led by Marc Lucero and Martin Neal 399 in fourth (Neal 235), Ray Kadane and Pete Sheridan 381 in fifth (Sheridan 247), followed by Dusti Griffin and Leroy Espinoza 361, Fran Vallo and Aaron Johnson 350 and Mike and Becky Fisher 324 in eighth place.  High game went to Rio Rancho's Paul Carper with 289. Highest averages were bowled by Carper 233.5, Quintana 224.5, Espinoza 223.2, Kadane 223.0, Kyle Pearce 221.8 and Smith 220.5; best for women was Dusti Griffin with 199.2.

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Tenpins & More returns as host of next weekend's High School State Championships, with 1A-3A and 4-A competing Friday February 14 then 5-A on Saturday February 15. A total of 28 schools are expected to field teams.  Defending the 5-A title on home lanes are the Rio Rancho Rams, who can expect strong opposition from Cleveland, Volcano Vista and Manzano.  The 4-A championship match is almost certain to involve Artesia, while East Mountain is favorite to win the 1A-3A trophy

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January 30

Local bowlers did well to place in last week's annual Women's City Championship bowling tournament at Tenpins & More.  "Native Strikers", who bowl the Native American league there Friday nights, won the B division team event by 73 pins, with Lorraine Silva, Johanna Wade, Mia Toya and Karen Coffey all contributing to the win over thirteen other teams.   Juanita Stull and Lynn Robb won C doubles with 1,351, 45 pins ahead of Holly Sanchez and Marlene Analla, while Cathy Torbett and Jill Levy took second in B doubles. eleven pins away from the winning pair from Los Lunas.  Dusti Griffin and Melissa Danks averaged 240 for their six games in the A doubles win that included what is being sought for a national scoring record, when Griffin bowled 300 and Danks 290 for a 590 score in game two. A national official, who happened to be in town, said he'd never heard of that high a women's doubles game.  Elaine Clanon, who enjoys practicing, saw that pay off when she won C singles with 699, two in front of Lorraine Silva's 697.  Aida Stewart got second in B singles behind the Albuquerque winner, as did Griffin who continued her high-scoring doubles form with 735/3, only four pins shy of Gloria Blair's winning 739 in A singles, during which she shot a 298 game.  All-events winners included Holly Sanchez, Shannon Lastyona and Griffin (whose 230 average over nine games was a personal best). Senior all-events titles went to Levy, Karen Barcal and Vera Kewanwytewa.

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The month of February concludes the "Winter Bowling Carnival" of tournament offerings at Tenpins & More.  This weekend, there's a handicap added doubles and singles qualifier for a Labor Day shoot-out followed by an over-subscribed Superbowl Doubles Marathon Sunday at 8 am.  Then follows the High School State Seniors scholarship on Saturday 8, a Color Pin Cash event and the 12th NMAA Foundation Bowlathon, both on Sunday 9.  High School State Championships in 1A-3A, 4A and 5A return to Tenpins & More after a few years held at other Centers on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 during daytime hours, then the RRPD K-9 unit Bowlathon takes place Sunday 16 starting at 10 am.  There's also a three-day Valentine's Doubles and another Colr Pin Cash contest before the end of the month.  Sign-ups for all are being taken at the Center or by calling 892-7117 after 12 noon any day.

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Tenpins & More bowling teams won the annual state "bragging rights" event - the High 5 tournament at Skidmore's Holiday Bowl last Sunday. It was an easier road in the women's division, as the top averaging Rio Rancho squad went 29.5-12.5 to win by nine Peterson points from an improved Starlight Lanes with defending champions, Holiday Bowl third less than six points behind.  After opening quietly with a 910 five-person team game, Tenpins lit up the lanes with 1,180 to then ride the lead all the way to the finish line, six hours later.  In that decisive second match, Karen Barcal led off with 235 followed by Dusti Griffin 246, Donna Dowd 203, Melissa Danks 207 and anchor, Dana Miller-Mackie 289, opening only one frame in the match against Big Rock Bowl from Espanola.

It was an entirely different scenario in the star-studded men's field with the opening 1,186 team game by Tenpins, which proved to be the highest of the day, giving them the early edge. A key victory was lead-off Dan Brenning's tenth frame three strikes in a row to beat Santa Fe's Strike Gold number one, Zach Taylor 267-258. Dave Templeton 222, Mike Riley 247, Dennis Helmick 193 and anchor, Paul Carper 257 ran down the visitor's resounding 1,081 for a 5-1 opener.  Rio Rancho, nursing a less than two point lead over hosting Holiday Bowl, went 980 (4-2) and a closing 1,031 (4-2) to their opponent's 965 (5-1) and 963 (5-1) to win by only 1.25 Peterson points, one of the closest margins of victory in the series that started in 2006.  Third place went to Big Rock Bowl. And, for the first time, teams from Farmington were represented.  Next year's keg-fest will be held at Tenpins & More followed by Artesia Lanes in January, 2022.

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Three more first-time winners captured their respective titles in the "Champion of Champions" finals at Tenpins & More.  Ayden Lopez, Christine Taucher and Josh Herschman won youth, women's and men's finals respectively under quite varying circumstances.  Lopez, a Volcano Vista stand-out bowler, closed with games of 202 and 219 to beat Aileen Linares by 141 pins, followed by Noah Saul in third.  Taucher, a low handicap golfer, showed future promise on the bowling lanes too, with a 223 high game, and a tense three-pin win over runner-up, Troian Donnachaidh (162-159) in the last match to win by 62 pins. Melissa Danks was third, three pins ahead of Rebecca Gill, after closing with a string of strikes for 231.  Herschman carded a personal best 223.2 average over 14 games and an impressive 10-4 match-play record to beat top-level Eric Espinda by 40 pins.  Leading by almost 100, courtesy of eleven consecutive games over 200, whilst winning nine of them (and 270 invaluable bonus pins), Herschman cruised to the $ 795 winner's check as Espinda ran out of frames.  Third place went to a tie between Angel Ortega and Aaron Johnson with Christopher Trujillo fifth in the 20th annual event that paid a record-equaling $ 4,800 in prize-money.

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Area youth bowlers fared well in the Pepsi state tournament at Tenpins over the school break.  Winners in their various age categories included Dylan McKenzie, Kira Vanderlip, Alyssa Burks, Noah Saul, Kara Thompson and Yarelis Alvarez. Place-getters were Sommer Gouveia, Josh Burnett and Kallista Fritts.

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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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