Troy Johnson is for real.
A couple years ago, Johnson’s bowling scores started appearing in my column ... more ... and more ... and more.
Last season, Johnson was a strong candidate for Cat’s Fab Five team, but was edged out.
Johnson must have felt snubbed.
The right-hander is making an early season strong statement by rolling a last-game 300 and an 803 series in the Stewart’s Classic League at Lakeside Lanes.
His opening games were 235 and 268.
A week later, Johnson shined again in the Stewart’s Classic League with games of 259, 225 and 266 for a 750 total.
A righty Granda at Lakeside? It looks like Johnson might be on his way.
Beginning this week, I will hightlight an individual from Cochranton Lanes, Lakeside Lanes, Lost Lanes and Plaza Lanes.
It will not necessarily be the highest series at that respective house — just worthy attention.
This week’s honorees...
Cochranton crusher — Zach Snyder. He tossed three 600s in two weeks. His best effort occurred in the Thursday Mixed League with 237 and 221 games for a 670 series. He also had a 616 in the Pioneer League and 614 in the TML.
Lakeside lumberjack — Doug Dunham. I wonder if Dunham played 7-0-2 in the daily lottery? In back-to-back weeks in the NFL League, the right-hander shot that number. He also had a 719 in the Wednesday Nighters League.
‘Lost’ ace — Greg Pentycofe. He was smokin’ hot in the Spa League with games of 278, 233 and 245 for a 756.
Plaza punisher — Trystan Rough. Remember this name! Jumping from a successful youth career at Plaza Lanes, Rough has already grabbed the attention of adult bowlers in the Commercial League. He threw 258 and 269 games for a 728.
Saulsbery, Benge sizzling
Dunham wasn’t the only multiple-700 roller.
Tim Saulsbery topped 700 twice at Lakeside Lanes with a 725 in the NFL League and a 290 game and 713 in the Wednesday Nighters League.
Rob Benge — who is fast emerging as a top-caliber shooter — showcased his skills at both Plaza Lanes and Lost Lanes.
The explosive right-hander rolled games of 258, 233 and 233 for a 714 in the Commercial League at PL and had a 280 game and 705 in the Spa League at LL.
Don Eaton excels
A rockin’ pin prevented Don Eaton from shooting a 300 game.
Despite throwing a near-perfect ball in a latter frame, Eaton got rudely robbed and shot a 279 game en route to a 750 series in the Businessmen League at Lakeside Lanes.
His other games were 246 and 225.
A few nights before his 300 game in the Businessmen League at Lakeside Lanes, Steven King also was lined up in the NFL League at LL. He fired games of 236, 277 and 232 for a 745.
Other 700 rollers: Jason Easler (728 in Wednesday Nighters League at Lakeside Lanes), Don Granda Jr. (718 in NFL League), Joe French (715 in Spa League at Lost Lanes), Terry Yorty (715 in Twilight League at Plaza Lanes), DeWayne Reichel (710 in Spa League), Dan Francis (703 in Spa League) and Jim Lynn (700 in Twilight League).
Hanks remains hot
Natalie Hanks is so gooooooood.
Continuing her assault on 600 series this season, Hanks put together games of 212, 203 and 258 for a 673 in the Sunday Found Lounge Mixed League at Lost Lanes.
Hanks was joined in the 600 club this week by Deanna Orr, who tossed a 604 in the National Mixed League at Lakeside Lanes.
A Pro seminar
Professional Bowlers Association star Rhino Page is coming to town.
On Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Plaza Lanes, Page will conduct a bowling seminar.
He will go over many topics:
Understand lane surfaces and their characteristics.
How the best players think in competition.
The mental game — an overview of quiet mind bowling.
Cost is $120 per person.
Storm demo day
Dodsons Pro Shop at Plaza Lanes will host a Storm Demo Day on Oct. 26. There will be two shifts: 12:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m.
Interested individuals will be allowed to test the Storm equipment. Cost is $20.
If interested, please contact Dodson’s Pro Shop at DodsonsProShop@yahoo.com
Troy Johnson is for real.
Breese closes career with second straight title
Sam Breese now knows how it feels to be perfect.
Breese finished with an undefeated season record of 35-0, with win No. 35 being the sweetest one of all.
The Lakeview senior stared into the face of the pressure that comes with defending a title, and made the Giant Center in Hershey feel like home. Undeniable talent and an incredible determination are the hallmarks of Breese’s approach to wrestling, and for the second straight year, he can call himself a champion.
McLane’s Wheeling comes up short in final
On a night when six wrestlers repeated as PIAA Class AAA champions, Chance Marsteller and Thomas Haines stole the show.
Marsteller, of Kennard-Dale, and Haines, of Solanco, became the 11th and 12th four-time gold-medal winners in Pennsylvania history. Marsteller (166-0) also is the first four-time champion to complete his career without a loss since Cary Kolat (1989-92) and the fourth overall.
Serra outlasts Cardinals
For the second time in as many days a basketball team from Cochranton High School played a private school from the WPIAL, put forth a valiant fight, but ultimately had its heart broken.
On Friday, it was the Cochranton boys team, which fell to Vincentian Academy 95-85.
Breese lone local to reach Class AA finals
A busy and entertaining Day 2 of wrestling at the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships in Hershey came and went, as did the dreams of a gold medal for a handful of local wrestlers.
The one local wrestler that doesn’t apply to is Lakeview’s Sam Breese, who had the Giant Center crowd in aw during his two matches Friday. The two bouts equated to two wins, which means a shot a defending his championship.
Lee, Wheeling survive Day 2 in Hershey
Ehrin Lee’s smile following his quarterfinal win Friday at the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships told the whole story.
Lee has had his eyes on the state championships all season long, and just getting there wasn’t enough. The Titusville 160-pounder has wrestled like one of the best grapplers in the state during the tournament thus far, and his 3-2 overtime win over Northampton’s Bobby Fehr proved that if nothing else, he’s one of the four best wrestlers in his weight class.
Cards can’t slow Vincentian
The starters on the Cochranton boys basketball team probably slept like logs on Friday night.
They left every ounce on the hardwood of Meadville High School’s House of Thrills, going up against the high-intensity attack of Vincentian Academy in the opening round of the PIAA Class A playoffs.
McLane rolls past Neshannock
Sarah Jay has made a habit of presenting her players with in depth scouting reports prior to each and every game.
But the report she handed them on Neshannock, the Lady Lancers’ first round opponent in the PIAA Class AA playoffs, was nothing like they had seen before.
Class AA first round filled with highs, lows for locals
It was a day full of highs and lows for the 11 local Class AA wrestlers on the opening day of the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships in Hershey.
For some, it was business as usual, and for others, the atmosphere of a crowded Giant Center proved to be a little much. By the time the preliminary and Round 1 consolation rounds were finished, eight wrestlers are still alive, with state wrestling experience proving to be invaluable Thursday morning.
Lee, Wheeling stay in hunt for Class AAA state title
A win is a win, and when it comes to the PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships, as long as your score reads higher in the end, it really doesn’t matter how you get there.
During the preliminary round of the tournament Thursday afternoon at the Giant Center in Hershey, the six local qualifiers certainly had mixed results, but in the end, two wrestlers are still in the championship bracket, exactly where they want to be.
Cards look to slow down Vincentian
“The best way to sum it up is,” said Cochranton head coach Scott McCurdy, “it’s like they’re down five and there are 30 seconds to go. Only, they play like that for the entire 32 minutes.”
McCurdy is talking about the Vincentian Academy boys basketball team, which employs a style that’s ... well ... calling it up-tempo just doesn’t seem to suffice.
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