Bowling: Torrian Team 1st at Yosemite

The "Torrian Team" edged out the competition in a close final match of the Little Swiss Scratch Tournament at Yosemite to win the event and take home $1,200.

Teammates Al Ward, Wil Wilcox, and Frank Torrian pulled out the victory that came down to the last game, last frame, and last bowler. Torrian, in the anchor spot, struck out in the 10th frame on his way to a 269 to boost the team over the top.

Ward contributed a 222 and Wilcox added a 224 for the final tally of 715.

The opposing Wiggins Team with Mike Etcheverry (233), Ron Gilbert (218), and Norm Wiggins (244) dropped from first to fourth place after the loss of that final position round and pocketed $540. Carl Stanard, Carol Heed and Randy Snoderly moved up to the second spot for $960 after winning their final position match.

Third-place finishers Royce Agustin, Curtis Cage and Paul Herrera had the highest pinfall of the tournament at 4,201 but only four wins to their credit. They took home $750.

MARGARET TADDEI won the women's list of the Christmas No-Tap at McHenry scoring an 886 set. Janet Spooner finished in the second spot with her 828. In third at 799 was Betty Plant.

On the men's side, Dennis McKinney scored an 884 for the top spot. His set included a no-tap 300 game. Richard Erler scored an 863 for second, and in third with an 857 was Fritz Klatt. Al Ehrler and Steve Plant, Sr. each posted a no-tap 300 game in the event.

This Friday, the December 55 & Older No-tap competes at Yosemite. Tournament scoring starts at 1 p.m., with check-in at 12:30.

On Sunday, Dec. 23 a fund-raiser is on the books in Yosemite Lanes' lounge, Club 300. Proceeds will help a Yosemite Bowl employee's family, the Fildago family, with medical expenses. The "1st Annual Beer Bust" costs $15 per person and includes a beer mug and unlimited draft beer from 12:30-5 p.m.

Dates and entries are out for the BVL Friendship Doubles Fund-raiser. This year's event will be hosted by Yosemite Lanes and is set for Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. The doubles teams can be men, women, or mixed and will bowl two games of 8-pin no-tap and one game of 9-pin no-tap. Entries can be picked up and dropped off at either bowling center.

McHenry Bowl will be open on Christmas Eve from 9 a.m. to midnight, and Christmas Day from noon-midnight. Yosemite Lanes will be closed both days.

Applications are due Jan. 4 for the Association Manager position with the Modesto USBC. The position is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the local bowling association, as well as awards, annual sanctioning, and tournaments. Some experience on the board level and knowledge of bowling software is recommended. Applications are available at the bowling centers.

McHenry is hosting its annual "New Year's Eve in Paris" Tournament starting at 11:30 a.m. The party will feature a light buffet, party favors, champagne toast at 3 p.m. (midnight in Paris), and 3-game tournament bowling with money fun shots. Reservations and payment must be turned in by this Saturday to ensure your spot.

Both bowls will be open throughout New Year's Eve for public bowling with a midnight toast and favors. Call for more information or to reserve a lane.

Yosemite will host its New Year's Day Junior Adult Scholarship Tournament. Check-in starts at 10 a.m., with competition starting at 11. The tournament has two divisions, Scratch and Handicap. Everyone bowls three games of qualifying and the top eight in each division advance to a double-elimination finals.

Dallas Kadry can be reached at or 571-2695.