MOSES LAKE - This past Sunday, not one of the six Sunnyside-area pairs competing at the Central Washington Open doubles tournament could find its groove.
From the 47-team field, the highest finish from any of the six local duos was recorded by the father-son team of Rob and Brandon Rice. The pair, placing 23rd overall, finished a full eight spots back of the last duo to cash, 15th place finishers Chad Demmitt of Omak and Evan Nash of Kennewick.
The 2009-10 Central Washington Open schedule, normally attended by bowlers from throughout the Pacific Northwest region who carry a league average of no lower than 190, has just two competitions remaining...a singles event at Walla Walla's Stardust Lanes on April 11 and the grand finals on April 25 at Yakima's Minda Lanes.
Last Sunday's winners at the CWO doubles tourney at Moses Lake's Lake Bowl facility proved to be Spokane's Rob Cline and Lyle Elo. The top finishers in the opening six-game qualifying block with a 2,816 tally, which averaged out to a 234 game for each of the two keglers, Cline and Elo increased their total pinfall to 4,681 through the four trophy-round games. That total was more than enough to secure the Spokane pair the tourney title, as the second-place duo of Harry Michelson and Don Bautch of Yakima finished a full 166 pins back of the champions.
For their efforts, Cline and Elo shared a pay day check of $940. Michelson and Bautch, as the runners-up, earned the second-place prize of $700.
The third through 15th place winnings ranged from $500 down to $200.
In placing 23rd, the Rices totaled a pinfall of 2,429 through the six qualifying games. The elder of the two, Rob...a PBA regional tourney regular who also owns and operates Sunnyside's Valley Lanes, averaged 211 in the opening six games. His top single-game effort was a 238, with a low of 192.
The younger of the Rices, a former member of the Washington State University men's bowling team, averaged 194 in the six-game qualifying block. Of the six games, he topped 200 just twice (217-223). His four other games were 169-164-195-195.
Two spots back in 25th place was the duo of Rob Colley and Joseph Contreras, league regulars at the Sunnyside bowling alley. Contreras had the hottest hand of the two, finishing the six-game qualifying block with a 1,296 total on efforts of 209-216-259-186-255-171. Colley never could get untracked, as five of his efforts ranged from a 165 up to a 195. His high, coming in the fourth game, totaled 206.
The Lower Valley duo of Tanner Schaneman and Stacee Isaac managed a 37th place finish from the 47 teams competing. Schaneman averaged 201.7 for the six-game opening block on efforts of 211-224-206-222-159-188. Isaac, who holds down the second highest women's average in league play at Sunnyside's Valley Lanes this season at 189, never did find the track to the pocket. In her six qualifying games, Isaac averaged 169, with her low being a 144 and her high a 188.
One spot back in 38th place were Lower Valley keglers Gabe Rodriguez and Elray Compo. The duo had a total pinfall of 2,211 in the qualifying round, which averaged out to a 184 for each of the six games. Rodriguez's single-game high was a 166, with Compo's top effort a 246.
The two other Sunnyside-area duos who make the trip to Moses Lake were the pairs of Derek Colley/Chris Guy and Jamie Corbus/David Conradt.
Colley and Guy placed 43rd overall with a total pinfall of 2,086, while Corbus and Conradt ended up 45th with a total tally of 2,069 in the six-game qualifier.