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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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USBC HALL OF FAMER BETTY MIVELAZ DIES AT 86

bowl.com March 6, 2017 ARLINGTON, Texas – Betty Mivelaz of Tujunga, California, a United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer, died Feb. 26. She was 86. Mivelaz had a banner year on the lanes in 1967, winning the Professional Women’s Bowling Association National Championships and capturing a Classic Team title…

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It’s 92 and Counting for Charles Kenny

CaliforniaBowlingNews.com by Fred Eisenhammer NORTHRIDGE – “I’ve got to get on my horse.” So said Charles Kenny, who is nearing 100 perfect games in his career and is pushing to accomplish that rare feat in a hurry. Kenny would love to hit the 100 mark in the Los Angeles area…

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Look What Beat Out the Bowling Center at Janss Mall

CaliforniaBowlingNews.com by Fred Eisenhammer THOUSAND OAKS – There was so much optimism when it was announced in August 2013 that a bowling center was planned for Janss Marketplace in the east Ventura County city of Thousand Oaks. And even when it appeared something was dragging out the process, local bowlers…

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