BOWLMOR SANTA MONICA CLOSED

We’re sorry to say that Bowlmor Santa Monica has permanently closed. We have deeply appreciated your patronage and support over the years. We’ve made great bowling memories together, and we would like to continue to do so by inviting you to bowl with us at Bowlero Mar Vista! This nearby center…

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Bob Olivia Passed Away

If you bowled league at Pickwick you knew Bob Olivia. A kooky Afro, a big smile, a cigarette and a glass of wine…this was Bobby. Bobby was a long time, excellent secretary of Wednesday and Sunday night leagues. The association appreciated his timely award applications and his willingness to help….

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In Memory of James Knapp (1995-2020)

It is with deep sadness to announce that one of our past CA youth bowlers has unexpectedly passed away on April 27, 2020. James Knapp won our 2015 Best Bowlers Come from California Scholarship award and bowled league at many centers in SoCal. James bowled collegiate and attended Huntington University…

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Now, Kelly Gold Has Done It All

CaliforniaBowlingNews.com by Fred Eisenhammer LAS VEGAS – Kelly Gold’s name certainly fits because she was the Golden Girl in bowling in the San Fernando Valley for many, many years. Mixing her striking good looks and outgoing charm with extraordinary bowling, Kelly asserted herself as everyone’s favorite among San Fernando Valley-area…

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Jeremy Davis and His Team Enjoy a Boffo Night

CaliforniaBowlingNews.com by Fred Eisenhammer WINNETKA – It’s extremely rare when a bowler rolls his or her first 300 and first 800 series on the same night. But Jeremy Davis pulled off that bowling Daily Double on Dec. 9 in the star-studded River Maniacs league at Winnetka Bowl. Jeremy blasted an…

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An Army of Mighty ‘Mikes’ All in One League

CaliforniaBowlingNews.com by Fred Eisenhammer WINNETKA – “You say ‘Mike’ and all the heads turn.” So said Mike Easley about the plethora of bowlers named “Mike” in the Guys and Dolls league at Winnetka Bowl. The Tuesday night league, in fact, sports eight “Mikes” scattered among its 20 teams. That comes…

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Senior Shoots House Record 886 at Winnetka Bowl

CaliforniaBowlingNews.com by Fred Eisenhammer WINNETKA – What does it take to elevate one’s league average from 227 to 236? How about crushing a stratospheric 886 series? That’s exactly what Frank Chiodo did Oct. 16 with one of the most brilliant performances in Los Angeles-area history. Bowling in Wednesday’s star-studded Mixed…

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There Was a Real Buzz Around Cathy Pia

CaliforniaBowlingNews.com by Fred Eisenhammer WINNETKA – Remember Buzz Fazio? Cathy Pia certainly does. Actually, make that Cathy Fazio Pia, a free spirit in Winnetka Bowl’s Funtimers senior league. Buzz Fazio is one of the greatest bowlers ever and Cathy is Buzz’s granddaughter. Buzz, nicknamed the “Buzzer,” is actually Basil “Buzz”…

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Bowlers Flip Over Their Fun Antics

CaliforniaBowlingNews.com by Fred Eisenhammer WINNETKA – It’s called “handstand bowling.” At least that’s what James Kerr and Taylor Krasne call it. Bowlers shouldn’t try this at home. Nor should they attempt such an athletic move at a bowling center. But just for fun on one very late Tuesday night at…

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June Dillon passes away Aug. 13

Hello everyone, It is with a heavy heart that I must announce the passing of one of our 500 Club members, June Dillon. June passed away August 13. June was an avid bowler and and active member of the Hi Desert ladies 500 Club since 2010.  Those of us who…

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Russell Booth Takes a Gamble on Las Vegas

CaliforniaBowlingNews.com by Fred Eisenhammer LAS VEGAS – It’s not accurate to say that Russell Booth moved from Van Nuys to Las Vegas this year just so he could hit the lanes again with bowling buddy Charles Kenny. But it would be accurate to say that Booth’s departure drained another elite bowler from the Los Angeles-area. The 72-year-old Booth has been one…

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It’s No Surprise That Johnnie Englehart Is a Hall-of-Famer

CaliforniaBowlingNews.com by Fred Eisenhammer WINNETKA – When Johnnie Englehart arrived at Country Club Bowl in San Rafael last May for the 2017 California United States Bowling Congress state championship tournament, he remembered that he had bowled there once before. That was 30 years earlier – and it also was at the state championship event. It also was the year that Englehart claimed the…

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Justin Pluchino, 22, Rips Back-to-Back 300’s

CaliforniaBowlingNews.com By Fred Eisenhammer WINNETKA – Urged on by a throng of supporters, Justin Pluchino put on a show last week at Winnetka Bowl. The powerfully built Pluchino blasted an 857 series after opening with back-to-back perfect games (300-300-257). A madhouse crowd circled around Pluchino as he crushed one strike after another during…

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Ardani Rodas Making a Name for Himself at 15

CaliforniaBowlingNews.com by Fred Eisenhammer WINNETKA – Ardani Rodas is generating considerable attention in the Winnetka Bowl youth league. Ardani blasted his first 300 and 800 series on the same morning last month, blasting an 812 with scores of 267, 245 and 300. And he just turned 15 in January.  It was an effort that triggered memories of Justin Pluchino, who graduated from…

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I CAN ONLY HOPE…

by Tish A very dear friend of mine, Adolf Noce, who happens to be 97 years old, has regained his footing on the lanes. This past Wednesday while bowling with his friends, Adolf rolled a 216. It isn’t his first, nor will it be his last, but Adolf has fought hard to get here. I’ve had the pleasure of Adolf’s…

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Charles Kenny Hits the Coveted Century Mark

CaliforniaBowlingNews.com by Fred Eisenhammer NORTH LAS VEGAS – Charles Kenny got an early Christmas present from girlfriend Celia Ramirez and it turned out to be a memorable one. Kenny unpacked his newly gifted Storm Hy-Road Nano bowling ball, got the holes drilled on the ball and then powered a 300 in his first game with it – all in the…

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