Waterbury stands atop tourney of champions

Posted: Friday, May 14, 2010

Tasha Waterbury, the highly decorated Peninsula Strikers bowler and high school senior, can now add champion of champions to her long list of bowling accomplishments.

Tasha captured a major title at the Alaska Youth Scholarship Tournament of Champions.The eventwas held last weekend at Park Lanes in Anchorage.

During the qualifying round, in an eight-game block and a field of 25 bowlers, Tasha led the group, rolling a trio of 200-plus games with a high game of 220 and an average of 185.

In the second round of eight games, Tasha again led the field, rolling a high game of 234 and averaging 189 for the second set, claiming the No. 1seed for the stepladder finals.

In the stepladder finals, Tasha saved her best for last, rolling a huge 236 game and beating her opponent by more than 40 pins.

In addition to the prestigious title, Tasha also received over $1,000 in scholarship money.

Tasha also sits atop the leader board at Alaskalanes for season high game and series with a 246 game and a 632 series for the girls division.

Congratulations Tasha, great bowling!

Zimmerman, Liedes collect Cook Inlet Masters title

To win a league title, especially from a scratch league, takes great bowling. Shane Zimmerman and Teresa Liedes did just that, they bowled great.

Shane averaged a cool 236 for the roll-off, taking all of his match points along the way with games of 206, 258 and 246 for a 710 series.

Teresa also did very well, averaging a fraction over 200 for three games with scores of 168, 212 and 221 for a 601 series. Teresa was very tough to beat, giving up only one match point for the evening.

Combined, the duo collected 35 match points and far outpaced the rest of the field.

Second place went to Glen Yamada and Karl Liedes.

Becky Karsten and John Junkert placed in third, while fourth place went to Jamie Emery and Jim Brenton.

Now that the 2009-10 bowling season has officially come to a close and this being the final article of the season, I wanted to take this opportunity to recognize the league secretaries and association managers. These individuals play a vital role in organized bowling.

To be a league secretary is no easy task, the individuals who accept this job inherit a long grocery list of responsibilities and duties. Some of these include but are not limited to:

* Making calls to league captains to verify they are returning with a full team. If a team is short bowlers, or the league is short a team, secretaries work to fill those voids.

* Open bank accounts, make weekly deposits and distribute funds at the end of the season.

* Collect membership cards and verify all fees are paid.

* Collect weekly bowling fees from all bowlers and then pay lineage to Alaskalanes.

* Enter weekly scores, and print recap and standing sheets for next week.

* Fill out bowling form awards and forward them to the association managers.

Below is a list of secretaries and the leagues for which they work:

* Kathy Waterbury -- Saturday morning youth, Peninsula Strikers, and the Monday and Wednesday Scholastic League.

* Betty Osborn -- Good Morning Monday and the Golden Oldies.

* Marie Miller -- Tuesday evening Montey's Eagles.

* Ken Liedes -- Cook Inlet Masters.

* Phyllis Cousins -- 55 Plus.

* Jocelyn Wells -- Thursday evening Dirty Dozen.

* Judy Miller -- Friday evening Wild-N-Wacky ladies league.

* Charlie Yamada -- Sunday evening Youth/Adult league.

Here are the association managers:

* Rich Edwards -- Soldotna-Kenai men's association manager.

* Colleen Denbrock -- SKWBA women's association manager.

A huge thanks goes to Teresa Liedes. Teresa spent many hours looking for "little bits" of information that many of us found so interesting and very informative.

I would also like to thank Jeff Helminiak from the Peninsula Clarion.Jeff is the editior of Bowler's Corner. Jeff added a great deal of color to the articles with his eye-catching and attention-grabbing titles. Thanks Jeff!

And most importantly thanks to the bowlers. I deeply appreciate the nice compliments that I have received. It has been a great pleasure writing about some of the many accomplishments that have taken place this season.

To everyone, please have an enjoyable and, most importantly, a safe summer.

The end!

Bowler's Corner is submitted by Randy Stiedl. For any questions, comments or suggestions, e-mail akrms1@yahoo.com.

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