Hello everybody! This is Jim Ephlin, from the Rushville Bowl, where all the action is. Action is right around the corner as we are ready to roll with the 73rd Annual City Championships.
For nine days, Feb. 16 - Feb. 24, bowlers will be trying to throw their best shots and try to capture one of the 10 titles up for grabs. The deal about the city tournament is “Who is going to have that career day or night?” Sure some of our best bowlers are expected to do well and often do, but there is always a “Cinderella” story of someone obscure putting it all together for three games.
Doubles and singles will be held this Saturday and Sunday with the Classic League rolling the first team scores on Monday the 18th. We have a late squad Wednesday night that more then a few good scores have come from. Each team event will have a ceremonial first ball thrown by a special guest or guests. Squad times and dates are currently posted at the center. I encourage every participant to check the schedule and confirm when you are to participate.
In March, the Rushville USBC BA in sponsorship with Todd Funeral Centre will present The Shootout tourney. This is a singles handicapped tournament for bowlers not participating in the King of the Hill tourney. Since only 16 bowlers can be in the King of the Hill that means the shootout is for the other 250 bowlers we have in our leagues. It is a tourney that features match play which is a type of bowling we get to do on very few occasions. The tournament carries a $25 entry fee which can be paid at any time. Bowlers can spend only $5 in league and enter a singles sweeper that has you bowling against only four other people and if you shoot the best score,you win an entry valued at $25.
The 2012-13 high school bowling season has ended with Rushville sending two bowlers to the regional in the state tournament. In regular conference action, the girls finished tied for third out of 10 schools with a 7-2 record. The boys team finished with a 8-6 record to finish sixth out of 13 schools. Samantha Woods and J.T. Ephlin bowled in the regional in Muncie but did not advance to semistate competition. The girls were coached by Jay Fields, Greg Gilbert and Robin Gilbert. Team members included Haley Rains, Morgan Haten, Brandi Graham, Jessica Schlechtweg, Jackie Bell and seniors Haylee Schweier and Samantha Woods. Boys team was made up of four sophomores, a junior and one senior. Sophomores were Dylan Kennedy, Patrick Duffy, Nick Hutchinson and J. T. Ephlin. Dylan Kennedy and the only senior Jacob Richardson complete the team.
Earlier in the column I mentioned the City Championships but that is not the only tournament our bowlers are preparing for. Just this past weekend we had 12 players bowl in Bloomington at the Indiana State Elks bowling tourney. George Maple is currently organizing local teams for the State Eagles tournament. Men and women bowlers alike will be going to the Indiana State Tournament. The ladies bowl in Kokomo while the men will be in Lafayette. (Tell Mike Ailby I said hello) We even have 10 bowlers going to Reno, Nevada to compete in the National Championships. I hope I have many good stories to talk about in future columns.
I would like to announce a neat way to get a brand new ball. The information will be in the next bowling column so please look for it. See you then!