Though he has had amazing top-level success in other leagues, you couldn’t blame Mike Aleshire of Port Charlotte if he said “Thank goodness it’s Friday” on the day of his weekly TGIF League appearance at Treasure Lanes.
After blasting a 773 series that included a 279 game on Friday (April 22), the 35-year-old righthander increased his average to 242, and it came just seven days after he blistered the pins for an 847 series on scores of 300, 279 and 268, and that perfect game marked the second straight week and fourth time this season that he rolled 300 in his first TGIF League game.
In addition to his four first-game perfectos, he has three other TGIF 300s this season, and the 847 followed earlier 800-plus sets of 827 on Sept. 11 and 802 on Nov. 13. He also has a 288 TGIF game, and his most-recent 279 brought his total to eight such scores, all of which came in games featuring 11 of 12 strikes. For good measure, his TGIF league sheet also includes a pair of 278s and a 270.
“I’m not sure why I’m doing so well on Fridays, but it may have something to do with bowling with my wife and friends of ours,” Aleshire said. “It may boil down to just having fun and not really thinking about what’s going on.”
His 2015-16 season success isn’t limited to the TGIF League. Far from it. In the Tuesday Men’s League at Treasure Lanes, he carries a 240 average with a high series of 827, and in the Kays-Ponger-Uselton Men’s League, also at Treasure Lanes, he has a 234 average, and his last 10 consecutive series have been 718, 728, 765, 700, 782, 760, 764, 757, 758 and 739.
He also competes in the Cook Spring Invitational League at Sarasota Lanes, where he now holds a 230 average, and in that league, he has already posted an 825 series and games of 300, 299 and 298. Not bad for his lowest-performance league; rather, awesome, to say the least.
Tennant posts 300-826 numbers; four others roll perfect games
Rodney Tennant came into his Aqua Tech Pools League session at AMF Venice Lanes with a 187 average, but he walked out of the center averaging 191 as the result of a 275-over-average 826 series on games of 278, 248 and 300.
David Jodoin upped his average to 234 in the Kays-Ponger-Uselton Men’s League at Treasure Lanes by virtue of a 791 series that featured a middle-game 300. It was his third perfect game of the season in that league, following 12-strike performances on Feb. 1 and April 4.
Three other bowlers — Mike Hoffman, Ray St. Sauveur and Ron Smith — fired perfect games at different centers.
Hoffman, averaging 206 in the Cook Spring Invitational at Sarasota Lanes, pounded out a 771 series on games of 300, 267 and 204. St. Sauveur rolled games of 300, 193 and 222 for a 715 series that increased his average to 209 in the Al Davis Memorial League at Bowland Port Charlotte. And Smith had a 106-over-average 300 in the middle game of a 695 series in the Jeffcoat Blueprinting Invitational League at AMF Bradenton.
Earning 11-in-a-row honors were: Rob DeLosh, with a 299 game that capped a 749 series in the Jeffcoat Blueprinting Invitational; Frank Mancuso, with a final-game 299 to wrap up a 687 set in the Aqua Tech Pools Mixed at AMF Venice; and Larry Maguire, with a 297 game as part of a 714 series in the Kays-Ponger-Uselton Men’s League at Treasure Lanes.
On the distaff side, Jennifer Peacock had the pins dancing her way in the Thursday Earlybirds League at Treasure Lanes, rolling scores of 255, 203 and 257 for a 715 series that left her average at 213.
Competing in the Tuesday Men’s League at Treasure Lanes, Fred Steunkel posted a 175-over-average 664 series on games of 196, 228 and 240. In other high-score achievements reported from area centers:
- TREASURE LANES: Ken Ducas 286, Joe Murray 280-726, Daniel Michala 279, Joe Lamb 279, Anthony Hauss 279, Chris Tompkinson 278-725, Ed Burlison 277 and 727, Joe Tocco 277-702, Dave Jodoin 268-751, Eric Morrison 268-731, Jerry Weese 265-743, Dave Esterbrook 265, Mike Aleshire 739, Doug Kirk 735, Rodney Wood 717, Eric Sheridan 707, Dominic Orlando 705, John Jones 704; Chris Kirk 253, Linda Cook 248, Ona Wood 233-633, Judy Tucker 227-637, Dolores Meyers 226-638, Nancy Wroe 635, Dawn Smith 623; junior bowler Kyle Roddick 280-685.
- SARASOTA LANES: Rafael Perez 278, Manny Rigas 278, Paul Herbst 270-706, Jesse Hawver 268-717, Ron McNesby 269, Jordan Sepper 268, Roland Ridal 268, Mike Aleshire 267-731, Tony Cinelli 267, Logan Waggoner 266, Rick Primrose 742, Bobby Lessig 738, Mike Gronow 712, Scott Hall 711, Justin Carroll 706, Steve Kosinski 704.
- AMF BRADENTON LANES: Rick Evans 268-706, Mike Clark 268, Mike Schorr 267, John Thompson 265-739, Curtis Miccichi 771, Shaun Hackman 747, Sam David 703, Jacob Evans 702, Don Neff 701; Kai Leff 228.
- AMF GULF GATE LANES: Mike Thompson 288-736, Kevin Reichenbach 279-717, Vito Prezioso 276, Keith Cipielewski 266, Steve Presley 265; Beth Owen-Cipielewski 246-656, Cindy Grich 245-664, Jennifer Peacock 233-608.
- AMF VENICE LANES: Carl Frank 279, Jeff Stapleton 268, Terry Cline 268, John Hoppe 267-700, Gregg Gross 266, Jerry Nicholas 266, Joe Ferraro 265, Jimmy Bruns 708, Jerry Rodriguez 707, Ken McDougall 702; Linda Davidson 239, Heatherly Faulkner 235-614.
- BOWLAND PORT CHARLOTTE: Matt Carter 279-717, Bradley Shott 277, Richard Overfield 269, Wendell VanGaasbeck 268, William Grimm 265; Esther Nadel 238, Roseana Gassera 601.
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