Craig Sports Briefs for Dec. 7, 2012: Local man bowls second perfect game

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Michael Pinkham, 63, has added his name to the walls at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center.

Pinkham achieved perfection for the second time, but his first sanctioned score since coming to Craig in 2006, Nov. 28 when he bowled 12 straight strikes in the Northwest Men’s League.

It was Pinkham’s second 300 in a sanctioned game, but the games were separated by several years, so he said it was still sweet.

“It’s been awhile since the other one, so it was about the same,” Pinkham said of comparing his two games. “Still a little nervous, but my condition was pretty good.”

Pinkham said he only had one ball that left some doubt about a strike, where the 10 pin stood up after the initial contact but eventually fell. Every other frame, all 10 pins dropped immediately.

It was the 12th 300-game to be bowled at Thunder Rolls, and the first to happen this season at the alley.

Pinkham, a native of California, has been bowling for over 40 years, he said.

Bowling leagues return from Thanksgiving

Now 12 weeks into the season, Bowling leagues at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center are seeing their standings take shape.

As of Dec. 2, the Thunder Rolls team continues to set the standard in the Tuesday Ladies Nite Out league. Thunder Rolls now sits at 45-7 this season, not having lost a point in the past two weeks of play.

Mr. B’s is in comfortable possession of second place, at 39-13.

Craig Physical Therapy tightened the gap on Country Living Realty in the Wednesday Northwest Men’s league. The top two are now at 34-14 and 33-15 in points.

Meanwhile, Tri-State Equipment and Woody’s Outlaws have kept pace, sitting at 31-17 and 30-18, respectively, good for third and fourth place.

The six-team Early Bird Thursday morning league has a new leader from two weeks ago, with team KDD overtaking The Three Stooges. KDD now leads with 171.5-116.5 to Stooges’ 167-121.

Third-place team Duh has made its move as well, sitting just 1.5 points out of second place after being 13 behind two weeks ago.

With just one week of action due to Thanksgiving in the Thursday Premier Mixed Doubles league, there was still ample time to create separation. Misfits and Has Been Gonna B, tied after the Nov. 15 matches, went in opposite directions. Misfits was 4-0 and sits atop the standings at 35-13, while Has Been Gonna B was 0-4, and is in second at 31-17.

The Friday Night Mixed Nuts league also played just once due to Thanksgiving, and the time off did not do Pick up Sticks any favors. The league-leaders went 0-4 last Friday, coming back to the pack at 34-14.

Sandbaggers (33-15), Vipers (31-17) and Just 2 Quicks (31-17) are all within striking distance.

High scratch scores from the week:

Men: Michael Pinkham 300

Women: Daniel Curtis 267

Annual basketball shootout coming soon to Craig

The Elks Club of Craig is hosting its annual basketball shootout at Sandrock Elementary School gym this month.

The Elks Hoop Shoot will take place at 8 a.m. Dec. 15, after which the club will host a brunch and awards ceremony for all participants and parents at the Elks Lodge in Craig, 43 W Victory Way.

The free-throw shooting contest is for boys and girls ages 8-13, and will have kids shoot 25 foul shots in two rounds. The winners in each age group will have the opportunity to compete in the district, state, regional and national hoop shoot, if they keep placing high enough.

Elks will cover the cost of any travel to further Hoop Shoots.

Winter lifeguard training courses coming up

Registration for a lifeguard training course during the winter break is open.

Craig Parks and Recreation has aquatic programs year-round, and is in need of lifeguards even during the winter and spring. The class is for teenagers and adults above the age of 15.

Participants must pass a swim test before being allowed to take the lifeguard course, which will take place over the school’s winter break.

The swim test will be Dec. 12 from 7-8 p.m., which therefore doubles as the last day to sign up for the training course.

There is a registration fee of $125. All those interested must call Parks and Rec at 826-2017 to register.

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