Kenneth Friedrich of Española, Amanda Salazar of Santa Fe and Rio Rancho’s Alex Thompson won their respective men’s, women’s and youth division finals of the Summer Masters July 4 at Tenpins & More.
Friedrich, who bowled 279, his first 300 (his first) and 268 for 847 in a recent session of the Monday night Scratch Doubles League, continued his recent good form, compiling 234, 255, 244, 222, 198 and 206 for 1,449 that included 90 pins handicap.
He beat Orlando Ulibarri Jr. by 29 pins with Dan Brenning in third, a further 30 pins behind in third place. Brenning was consistent throughout with his five games running from 204 to 238.
Salazar earlier included 234 and 255, catching a huge break when Melissa Danks missed the 10-pin in the last frame to hand the title to her. Danks had five games above 200, with a high of 238, and needed that spare and a good pin count to eke out a win.
Bobbie Vega of Rio Rancho finished third, 57 pins behind.
Thompson opened up a big lead with 238-213, then coasted to a 58-pin win ahead of improving Justin Lucero with Kylie Belnap third, six pins away.
* In the accompanying Summer Games events, which drew a record 244 entries, an “All-Star” women’s team collected first place with a house record series.
Kallista Fritts, home from college in West Texas, shot 213-222-235; Aileen Linares added 178-223-213; Robin Prioleau threw her second perfect game, adding 236 and 246; and anchor Dana Miller-Mackie fired 206-245-247 as the combined to average 230.3. With handicaps added, their 2,968 beat out two teams from Española, with 2,828 and 2,823, respectively.
Big scores continued in the winning youth squad, as Derick Romero (221-231-278) and Gabe Reyes (226-156-243) joined Donald Gallegos and Donovan Romero for 2,836.
Men’s doubles went to Joseph LaPointe and Mike Lee (1,469), ahead of Paul and Levi Yoder (1,444) and Rob Troxell/Mike Lee (1,398). Paul Yoder was brilliant shooting 269- 289-252 for the event’s best set at 810.
Donna Dowd carded 615 as she and Bobbie Vega won women’s doubles with 1,382, 11 pins better than Fritts and Prioleau.
Husband and wife Joe and Linda Herrera beat out Fritts and Josh Burnett by one pin in mixed doubles action; third, just three pins back, were Dana and Marcus Sanders.
Brody Weisz included his first 200 game to assist partner Richard Neubert III to the youth doubles title with 1,385, edging Reyes and Gallegos by 34 pins.
Daniel Valverde shot the best series of his life (167-188-199) to win men’s singles from Paul Yoder; Troy Stodard was third.
Kristen Ruiz-Jimenez beat her daughter Mackenzie by four pins in women’s singles with 224-213-210 (scratch); Frances Vigil was third.
Weisz added a second win with 794 in youth singles, ahead of Derick Romero (762) and Shane Muller (719).
* Entries are being added daily to the starting roster of next month’s $60,000 New Mexico Open tournament. More than 200 bowlers are expected to “shoe up” for the 18th edition Aug. 19-21 at Tenpins & More.