Curtiss, Cruz, Central Washington doubles champs

RICHLAND - A pair of Lower Yakima Valley bowlers who for numerous years have called Sunnyside's Valley Lanes their home away from home, collected top honors last Sunday at a Central Washington doubles tournament hosted by Richland's Atomic Bowl.

Chuck Curtiss of Sunnyside and Mitch Cruz of Wapato teamed to run away from the 60-person field, besting their closest competitors by 100 full pins. For the six qualifying games, Curtiss averaged 216.6 and Cruz averaged 231.6. Curtiss's top game in the qualifying round was a 256, Cruz's a 257.

Curtiss and Cruz nailed down the fifth highest pinfall in the six qualifying games. In the four-game finals, the duo moved up to the top spot by tallying 1,933 pins (actual scores and bonus pins for winning head-to-head match-ups). The pair's 10-game total was 4,623 pins.

The two bowlers earned a payday of $700 for their efforts.

Runners-up with a total aggregate pinfall of 4,523 was the duo of Nick Powell and Tony Trethewey of Spokane. They collected $500.

PBA Regional Pro Rob Rice, the owner of Sunnyside's Valley Lanes, teamed with Wenatchee's Steve Young to nail down a third place finish last Sunday. Rice and Young were the No. 2 finishers in the qualifying round, but slipped to third overall with a loss to Curtiss and Cruz in the final trophy round game. For the six qualifying games, Rice averaged 222.8 and Young averaged 227.5. They were awarded $400.

The No. 1 qualifiers in the opening six-game round was the duo of Dan Kukuk and Andrew Groves of Spokane. Kukuk averaged 214.8 and Groves a 239.1. In the finals, though, the duo slipped to sixth place overall.

The top individual game rolled last Sunday was a 289 by the Spokane bowler Powell. Sunnyside teen Tanner Schaneman shot the second high single-game score, a 279 in his first game of the day.

Schaneman and his partner, Anthoney Aranda of Toppenish, finished in 20th place. Schaneman averaged 213.8 for the tourney, while Aranda maintained a 196.0 average.

Also competing in the 30-team field were Joseph LaClair of Selah and Derek Colley of Sunnyside. The two earned 18th place honors. LaClair and Colley averaged 198.3 and 213.8, respectively.


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