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Donations needed for Fire Victims

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BRC Sands Bowling for Veterans Tournament

We are excited to share photo of our Winners of the Bowling for Veterans’ Tournament that was held at Brunswick Sands Bowling Center in Lancaster on December 9, 2017. This tournament was held to help support our local Veterans Bowling League. We raised $180 to help pay fees and purchase bowling balls and shoes for …

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Finding a Home for an Old Bowling Ball

CaliforniaBowlingNews.com by Fred Eisenhammer WINNETKA – Notes, quotes and anecdotes: Wonder where old bowling balls go when they’re past their prime and they’ve run out of time? Some are thrown out, some are sold (at whatever price the seller can get), some are lost and some are passed on to friends and relatives. And then there are those that …

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‘If a Bowling Ball Was a Bow and Arrow, She Was Robin Hood’

CaliforniaBowlingNews.com by Fred Eisenhammer   WINNETKA – There have been some big turnabouts in bowlers’ three-game series from week to week. There also have been some really, really big turnabouts. Marti Tirabassi, the longtime president of Winnetka Bowl’s “Guys and Dolls” league, enjoyed one of the latter. Marti, who carries a 143 average, suffered through …

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Register for the Lassi at Pinz!

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Eric Ott Named League Leader at PINZ

CaliforniaBowlingNews.com by Fred Eisenhammer STUDIO CITY – Surprise! It was announced last week that PINZ Bowling Center has a new director of leagues and league operations. What’s the surprise? The surprise is that PINZ has sported a flourishing array of leagues throughout its 60-year existence. That fact is overshadowed by PINZ’s reputation as one of …

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Flamboyant and Fabulous – That’s Carl Comrie

CaliforniaBowlingNews.com by Fred Eisenhammer WINNETKA – A couple of years ago, Carl Comrie was bee-bopping around the lanes during league play. He spotted a friend who was gearing up to bowl but had encountered some momentary issues – either with his equipment or perhaps an injury. Carl asked his friend if he should bowl for …

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Charles Kenny Inducted Into North Los Angeles County Hall of Fame

CaliforniaBowlingNews.com by Fred Eisenhammer WINNETKA – Here today, gone tomorrow. That’s Charles Kenny, perhaps the San Fernando Valley area’s most electrifying bowler. Kenny stopped by Winnetka Bowl last Wednesday to take part in a ceremony inducting him into the North Los Angeles County United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame. Next week, Kenny will depart …

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2017 California Youth State Championships Awards over $28,000 in Scholarships!

98 teams participated at Country Club Bowl in San Rafael including teams from Corbin Bowl (3 teams), Jewel City Bowl (12 teams – the highest for the tournament), Pickwick Bowl (3 teams), Winnetka Bowl (4 teams), Pinz (3 teams), Buena Lanes (2 teams) and Santa Clarita Lanes (8 teams). Team Event: B-Div Champion: Jewel City …

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A Blast From the Past: Anthony Sharpsteen’s Historic 888

CaliforniaBowlingNews.com by Fred Eisenhammer WINNETKA – Anthony Sharpsteen has a well-deserved nickname. He’s known as “Mr. 888,” or as elite bowler Johnnie Englehart calls him: “Triple 8.” The monikers are a tribute to Sharpsteen’s majestic performance on Jan. 25, 2011. That was the night when Sharpsteen rifled the top series in Los Angeles-area history. He …

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George and Justin Pluchino Represent Formidable Father-Son Combination

CaliforniaBowlingNews.com by Fred Eisenhammer WINNETKA – Dick Weber and Pete Weber. Al Tripp and Tim Tripp. Johnnie Englehart and Scott Englehart. Bill Lew and Adam (and Amy) Lew. Nationally and locally, there have been plenty of father-and-son bowling dynamos. Now, we may have to add George and Justin Pluchino to the list. George, the dad, …

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Harley’s Valley Bowl Brings Home the Winner in Tournament of Champions

CaliforniaBowlingNews.com by Fred Eisenhammer SIMI VALLEY – It’s called the Tournament of Champions and there’s a reason for that. Each team that competed in the second annual event had won a league title at one of four bowling centers: Harley’s Camarillo Bowl, Harley’s Simi Bowl, Harley’s Valley Bowl in Simi Valley and Corbin Bowl in …

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Bill Lew Fires Up Another Family Milestone

CaliforniaBowlingNews.com by Fred Eisenhammer WINNETKA – It’s been a real Lew-Lew of a season for one elite bowling family. On June 1, Bill Lew blasted his first sanctioned perfect game as part of a sizzling 728 series (300-201-227). Lew, a 68-year-old righthander, recorded his gem three months after his son, Adam Lew, notched his second …

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LA WORLD POLICE & FIRE GAMES

Aug 8-11 2017 Pinz 12655 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, CA 91604 (818) 769-7600 SCHEDULE: Tuesday – Practice day Wed – Singles Thursday – Doubles Friday – Team and medals awards FORMAT: Each event – 5 games Squads: 9am and 1pm You must be a law officer or a fire fighter in order to participate Participants come from all over …

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Just Call Him ‘Miracle’ Martino

CaliforniaBowlingNews.com by Fred Eisenhammer WINNETKA – Do you believe in miracles? Tom Martino does. He lived through one. “He’s so frickin’ lucky. He’s lucky to be alive – and his son too,” said Loree Zeller, one of Martino’s friends. Martino, a veteran bowler who recently smoked a personal-best 267, got into a harrowing car accident …

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After 27 Years Away From the Sport, Jeneane Walker Is Back on Top

CaliforniaBowlingNews.com by Fred Eisenhammer WINNETKA – Jeneane Walker could be excused for being a trifle giddy after her team claimed the “Guys and Dolls” league title last month at Winnetka Bowl. Jeneane, after all, blasted a career-best 595 series (210, 201, 184) to lead “The Corner Pins” to a dominating victory in the league championship …

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Chris Ivey Finds Perfectos Are Habit-Forming

CaliforniaBowlingNews.com by Fred Eisenhammer WINNETKA – Ace bowler Joe Curry called it. After Chris Ivey blasted his first perfect game at the end of March, Curry made a prophetic comment about Ivey’s future. “I wouldn’t be surprised if Chris gets another [300] next month,” Curry said. “They come in spurts.” And that’s exactly what happened. Four …

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Teammates: Englehart 814, Kurtz 798

CaliforniaBowlingNews.com by Fred Eisenhammer WINNETKA – There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned high-scoring shootout between two bowlers. Sometimes, it happens with a teammate and sometimes it happens against a member of an opposing team. Four years ago, Mike Weekley and Bill Plummer engaged in a high-energy, spirited duel on Lanes 1 and 2 at AMF …

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Looking Back: Pro Bowling Tournaments Don’t Get Any Better Than This One

CaliforniaBowlingNews.com by Fred Eisenhammer WINNETKA – “I will have the crowd behind me and that will help a lot.” So said Robin Romeo in a television interview before competing in the $30,000 Canoga Park Classic stepladder finals on Feb. 8, 1989, at Canoga Park Bowl (later to be called Winnetka Bowl). Romeo was then a …

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Here’s a Couple of Winners

CaliforniaBowlingNews.com by Fred Eisenhammer WOODLAND HILLS – Say what you want about all the negatives about league bowling. And there’s plenty to say. There’s the frequent profanity by bowlers and oftentimes crude gestures. There’s the lack of courtesy with bowlers wandering off when it’s their turn, leaving others to wait annoyingly for their return. How …

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It’s a Dramatic Ending for Chris Ivey

CaliforniaBowlingNews.com by Fred Eisenhammer WINNETKA – Seconds after it was over, Chris Ivey addressed the approaching throng of onlookers. “Thanks everyone for not crowding behind me,” said Chris triumphantly. He was beaming after completing his first perfect game in dramatic fashion. Chris appreciated that he wasn’t distracted by a swarm of people huddled behind him …

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Siena Cawelti Had ‘Phenomenal Time’ at Golden Ladies

CaliforniaBowlingNews.com by Fred Eisenhammer LAS VEGAS – came home last week from the 27th National Golden Ladies Classic in Las Vegas – and she returned ecstatic after competing alongside more than 100 of the top women bowlers in the country. She didn’t return from Las Vegas as a conquering hero . . . then again, …

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Look Who Will Be Bowling Again After 4-Year Absence

CaliforniaBowlingNews.com| by Fred Eisenhammer WINNETKA – Big news. Really big news. There will be somewhat of a new face exploding his ball down the lanes in Wednesday’s “Mixed Classic Handicap” summer league at Winnetka Bowl. That will be Mike Willis, who local bowling aficionados might recognize as the efficient and affable longtime general manager at …

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It’s No Snow Job – Winnetka Bowl’s Mike Willis Still Going Strong

CaliforniaBowlingNews.com by Fred Eisenhammer WINNETKA – In 1989, the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour made a stop at Canoga Park Bowl for one of its national tournaments. “I remember waking up that morning and looking out in the yard and it was all white,” says Mike Willis, who was running the tournament. It was snow. Snow …

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