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Bowlers continue to produce big scores

There's something big happening almost on a daily basis in New Richmond bowling.

In recent days there have been three 300 games, two 800 series and a pair of tournaments bowled at Gibby's Lanes.

Scott Thibodeau, Ben Gaard and Brian Olson have bowled 300 games recently. Gaard also scored an 800 series, as did Scott McDermott.

Gaard continues to be one of the bowlers who has been setting the local standard. In the recent New Richmond Bowling Association tournament, Gaard rolled an 814 series. This is the highest series of his career and the third highest series ever bowled at Gibby's Lanes. Gaard rolled games of 279, 279 and 256 to amass the 814 series.

Gaard followed that up by rolling a 300 game during Wednesday Commercial league action last week.

Olson also bowled a 300 game last Wednesday.

For Thibodeau, the 300 game completes a family trifecta. Both of his sons have rolled two 300 games, but this is his first 300 game in 35 years of bowling.

Thibodeau said he was happy that his sons could be there to see his 300 game. They all bowl together in the Wednesday league. Thibodeau rolled a 742 series that night. He carries a 210 average and has made several previous runs at 300 games, including 288 and 290 games.

McDermott rolled his 800 series on March 11 in the Monday Mixed League at Gibby's.

McDermott shot a 279 and 278 in the opening two games. It came down to the final ball, when he needed six pins to get the 800. Six pins was exactly what he got, giving him an exact 800 for the night.

This was McDermott's first 800 series. He rolled his first 300 game a year ago.

NRBA tournament

The New Richmond Bowling Association tournament made a triumphant return this year, after several years without an NRBA tournament.

The tournament was held at Gibby's Lanes on Feb. 22-24.

Seventeen teams competed in the team competition. The winning team was the team from Gibby's Lanes. The team of Steve Constant, Justin Nelson, Steve Meyer, Jamie Gibson and Ben Gaard finished with a team score of 3,487.

The singles division of the tournament was won by Doug Peterson. He took the title by finishing with an 823 handicap series.

Jamie Gibson and Ben Gaard were the winners in the doubles division. They took the title with a 1,432 score.

Nine-pin tournament

A new tournament was begun at Gibby's Lanes on March 8, when a nine-pin tournament was held. The interest was strong, with 102 bowlers entered in the event.

Amy Seufzer earned the win in the tournament, finishing with a 918 score. Joe Olson took second place with a 913 score.

There will be another nine-pin tournament at Gibby's Lanes on April 19. Call Gibby's for information on competing in the tournament.