Grand win for 'Force'

The Strike Force team walked off with the top spot in the Grand Prix Tournament that just completed at McHenry Bowl.

The team from the Imported Beer League rolled a 2,589 series, including 785 pins handicap.

Steve Curtiss (127 average) rolled games of 178-194-149 for a 521 series to lead the team. Captain Cory Hollands, Josh Hachick and Sean Benitez rounded out the team, which will take home $1,000.

The Weekender's Team No. 13 finished second with a 2,568 series, including 251 pins handicap. Matt Figures contributed 739 pins to the total with his games of 256-279-204. Captain Mary Figures added a 646 set, including a 269 game. Vic Moscato and Sue Figures completed the team lineup. The second spot paid $750.

In a close third place, decided by only two pins, Sierra No. 17 registered a 2,566 score. They added 421 pins to their 2,145 scratch set for the total. Captain Adeana Phillips was joined by teammates Forrest King, James White and Eric Johnson. King led the team with a 638 series on games of 200-202-236. Third place pays a $600 prize.

The Franchise team from the California League finished fourth for a $500 check. The foursome recorded a 1,903 total, and added 626 pins handicap, for a final tally of 2,529. The roster included Zeke Lozano, Brandon Lambert, Israel Villalobos and Mike Del Dotto.

Low in the money finished at a 2,457, with prize checks available today.

MODESTO'S BILL HAMILTON outlasted the field to win the 2nd Annual Willie Taylor Memorial Tournament held recently at Yosemite. He qualified in the top spot at 339-over, and brought home $435 for his win.

Local Sharon Aronson finished in second after working herself up the stepladder finals to the last match. Aronson, who qualified in fourth at a plus-234, defeated another local, Norm Wolff Jr., in her first stepladder match with a finish of 227-203. She handily won the next round against Richard Kaplinski scoring 247-214.

She advanced to the finals with a 221-203 semifinal victory over Jason Dewar. In the championship match, Hamilton rolled a 236 against Aronson's 213 to win. Aronson earned $334 for her second-place finish.

Nearly $550 in proceeds from the event was added to the newly formed Willie Taylor Scholarship Fund. The tournament also was used as the August sweeper for the monthly Scratch 6-gamer, earning Hamilton a berth in the year-end Tournament of Champions.

DENNIS MCKINNEY TOPPED the men's list of the Summer's End No-Tap at McHenry, scoring a 910 set. Will Inselman finished second with an 883 series. In third, at 850, was Jim Eccleston.

Janet Spooner posted an 846 for the top score for the women's side. Anja DeBoer was second at 826 and Kathy Wesley third with an 801 set.

Spooner, McKinney, Rainy Tanner, Willie Ereso and George Davis each recorded a no-tap 300 game during the event.

LEAGUES ARE STARTING UP this week at both local bowling centers. If you haven't reserved your spot yet, call either center for team or individual opening information -- Pam or Dave at McHenry 571-2695 or Wayne at Yosemite 524-9161.

At your first day of league, be sure and look for the newsletter put out by the Modesto USBC. The monthly publication is written by President Jeff Chin and contains pertinent information for the league bowler.

For more information, contact Dallas Kadry at 571-2695 or