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Bowling championship draws local competition to Thunder Rolls

John Vandelinder

— Lyda Vernon has been bowling for at least 30 years, yet the accomplishment had somehow managed to elude his grasp.

Until Sunday.

Vernon captured the individual title during the 53rd annual men’s bowling city championships at Thunder Rolls.

His three-round total of 768 earned the 50-year-old a check for $152.

“I’m going to buy a bunch of stuff for my team,” Vernon said about what he was going to spend his prize money on.

Vernon has competed in the City Championship 25 times. His closest finish was second. So is he happy the proverbial monkey is off his back?

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“Oh yeah,” he said. “Definitely.”

The doubles title went to the tandem of Dick King and Kim Baptist, who combined to roll a 1,532.

Midwest Electric nabbed the 2008 team title, beating second-place finishers, Craig Ford, by more than 100 pins.

The all-around title – doubles and singles combined – went to Eric Duran.

Duran tallied 2,180 pins, earning the $45 check that goes along with it.

Duran also captured $117 for his second-place finish in singles.

When all was said and done, Duran walked away from Thunder Rolls with $162.

“I’m going to the Broncos/Raiders game on Sunday,” Duran said. “I’ll probably blow all the money on beer.”

USBC tournament official and Craig resident John Cromer said the turnout was expected.

After all, Craig’s a bowling town.

“Absolutely,” he said when asked if he was pleased with this year’s tournament numbers. “This was the first chance for some of these guys to get in the rankings. These guys always come out here to compete, and they have a good time doing it.”

Results

43rd annual Men’s City Championship bowling tournament results:

Team

1. Midwest Electric 3,484

2. Craig Ford 3,325

3. Triple XXX Dschaak 3,315

Individual

1. Vernon Lyda 768

2 Eric Duran 744

3. Cody Duran 727

Doubles

1. Dick King/Jim Baptist 1,532

2. Ty Portiner/Darwin Forquer 1,432

3. Tanner Hayes/John S. Cromer 1,388

All-around

1. Eric Duran 2,180

2. Daniel Curtis 2,109

3. Jonathon Marks 2,082