Roxanna Horton took the long way to the top of WBA NorCal Women's Open at McHenry Bowl last weekend.
The Napa bowler tallied a 1,705 total a 213 average to nose out Modesto's Carol Serpa by 6 pins for the last advancing spot in the preliminary round. From there, however, she kicked it in.
Horton finished second in the eight-game semifinal round on Sunday, then waited her turn in the four-person steplader finals. First, she had to beat Laura Hardeman of San Diego, who had beaten Rapid City, South Dakota's Cassandra Leuthold. Perhaps Hardeman was tired, because her 195 was nowhere near Horton's 236.
That gave Horton the right to face Michelle Carter in the final match. Both struggled, but Horton came out on top 195-181. The victory paid $2,200. Carter, of National City, took home $1,500 and Hardeman earned $1,000.
The only local to earn part of the prize fund was Serpa, who won $210 for finishing 11th.
The trio team of Fran Lockwood, Claudelle Bonaccinie and Betty Gerritsen won the Ladies Trio Tournament at McHenry with an even 2,500 team total. Two teams tied for second at 2,332 Debbie Couch, Deana Swickard and Cindy James made up one team and Mary Ann Barker, Dina Hvizda and Barb Wilderson teamed on the other.
Two events are on the books for Friday. The Ladies Luncheon Sweeper rolls at Yosemite at 9:30 a.m. with tournament scoring and a potluck. The "Anyone's Guess No-Tap Tournament" is at McHenry at 1 p.m. The format for the three games is a secret until after the practice session.
For five cans of food you can bowl a free game (including shoe rental) at McHenry during the Strike Out Hunger program. The special runs through World Food Day, Oct. 16 and is good anytime during the day or evening. Discounts are also given for Rock-n-Bowl, MusicMania, Sunday Nite Live, Afterschool Jam and Quartermania for food donations. All food will be donated to the Interfaith Ministries food programs.
Ghosts and goblins will invade the local bowling centers later this month, so dig out your costumes and join the fun. The Pumpkin Shoot will roll at McHenry on Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. Prior to the taking the lanes, bowlers will have a chance to roll an actual pumpkin at pins to earn prizes. The party includes glow bowling, refreshments, costume contest and a chance to win a pumpkin. No averages are needed for this family event. Call (209) 571-2695 to sign up.
The Teen Extreme Halloween Bowl is at Yosemite, Oct. 26, 5-8 p.m. It offers unlimited bowling and for those in costume entry is discounted. Call (209) 524-9161 for more info.
Dallas Kadry is an employee of McHenry Bowl; reach her at (209) 571-2695 or firstname.lastname@example.org