Brooke Garvey’s collegiate bowling season was canceled due to COVID-19, but the Conneaut Lake bowling queen hasn’t stopped improving her game.
In fact, Garvey’s game might not be any better than what it is now as she is dominating women’s action at Lakeside Lanes this season.
Flirting with a 300 game, Garvey — a freshman at Pitt-Bradford who is taking her courses online at her residence — tossed her second 700 series of the season in the National Mixed League with a 709.
Garvey’s games were 216, 257 and 236. In her middle game, the 19-year-old Garvey and her teammate, Don Eaton, each started with seven strikes in a row before tossing a non-strike ball in the eighth frame.
“Don bowled right before me and it was pretty cool that we were striking,” she said, who is averaging a jaw-dropping 213 in the National Mixed League.
Garvey will agree: She is throwing the ball very well this season.
“The season has been pretty awesome so far. I am practicing as much as possible. When I am doing something wrong in my game, I want to fix it immediately.”
Garvey still has her right-hand man — the legendary bowling coach Bruce Beers, who played a major role in Garvey’s stellar youth career at Lakeside Lanes and still works with the right-hander three-to-four times a week.
“Brooke’s game has really improved over the past year,” said Beers, co-proprietor at Lakeside Lanes. “She is getting more rotation and revolutions as she is getting more powerful. She is a pleasure to work with. It’s great to watch her develop into an outstanding young lady.”
Beers will agree: He has a lady jewel on his hands.
Baideme gets jacket
A couple years ago, Lost Lanes proprietor Natalie Hanks wanted to buy her employee Stacie Baideme a “Lost Lanes” jacket for Christmas, but Baideme kindly declined.
The rising kegler Baideme told Hanks, “I want a Lost Lanes 600 Series Club jacket.” Hanks awards bowlers with jackets when they throw their first 600 series (women) and 700 series (men) at their bowling center.
Hanks ordered the 600 Series Club jacket for Baideme last week.
Throwing 222 and 220 games, Baideme — after numerous 590’s in her career — finally achieved her elusive goal with a 605 series in the Tuesday Night Ladies League.
“A big thrill,” said Baideme, who has been bowling for 16 years and is currently averaging 157. “I’ve been so close so many times, and I finally got the monkey off my back.”
After opening with a 173 game, Baideme ramped up her game from then on — opening both her second and third games with five strikes in a row.
Despite her latter success, Baideme wasn’t 100 percent confident she rolled her first career 600 series when finished, “I didn’t think I had it because of my low first game.”
Hanks knew. As soon as Baideme turned around after throwing her last ball, Hanks was there to greet her with an emotional hug.
“I’m so happy for Stacie,” said Hanks. “She has really worked hard on her game in recent years.”
In other women’s action, Kayla Card — who has ruled the action at Lin Van Lanes in Titusville for numerous years — is now kicking (bleep) and taking names at Plaza Lanes. In Mixed Nuts League action, the dominating right-hander rolled games of 237, 238 and 192 for a 667 series … The Lost Lanes’ women’s dominators — Natalie Hanks and Whitney Keener — each tossed two 600’s. Hanks shot a 645 in the Tuesday Mixed League and 626 in Tuesday Ladies League, while Keener rolled a 620 in the Tuesday Ladies League and 600 in Sunday Mixed League.
The Spa League at Lost Lanes was smashed by a left-right combo — Dan Lilly and Harry Hanks, respectively.
The southpaw Lilly — a Hall of Famer in both bowling (which he is) and softball, in my opinion — rolled games of 257, 266 and 234 for a 757 series, while righty Hanks shot his second 700 in the last three weeks with games of 246, 257 and 242 for a 745.
DeWayne Reichel also reached the 700 mark in the Spa League with a 706 and Jeff Keener threw a 724 in the Sunday Mixed League.
At the other houses …
Cochranton Lanes: Lee Duck, a former Cochranton Crusher award winner, was in the groove in the Pioneer League as he shot games of 243, 248 and 222 for a 713.
Lakeside Lanes: Don Eaton has caught fire — two 700’s in the last week. The right-hander rolled games of 244, 235 and 252 for a 731 in the National Mixed League and tossed 268 and 235 games for a 711 in the Stewart’s Classic League … Speaking of red-hot bowlers, Steven King made it three weeks in a row with a 700 in the Stewart’s Classic League, shooting a 701 … Jordan Vaughn continued his dominance in the Junior-Major League by throwing the highest series again with a 617.
Plaza Lanes: Brandon Wachob, a strong contender for Cat’s All-First Team at the end of the season, was razor sharp again in the Mixed Nuts League with a 731 series. His games were 237, 257 and 237 … A pair of 726’s were thrown as Rodrick Baird fired games of 258, 259 and 209 in the Monday Night Invitational League and Josh Stover shot games of 258, 233 and 235 in the Commercial League … Darren Hargett and Steven King — that guy again! — each tossed a 703 in the Plaza Men’s League and Commercial League, respectively … In Youth Level 1 action, Ace Reese crushed ‘em with a 242 game and 635 series.
The notebook …
Fist-bumps to our powerful rollers Gary McGranahan and Troy Johnson, who both shot a 300 game at Celebrity Bowl in Greenville on Monday night.
McGranahan’s 69th career perfect game fueled him to an 811 series as his opening games were 257 and 254. When asked how many 800’s in his career, the Greenville bowling legend replied, “Honestly, I don’t know the exact number, anywhere between 25 and 30.”
Johnson opened with his 20th career 300 game and added 203 and 251 games for a 754 series.
An additional note on Johnson: Congrats! He recently got engaged.