, Port Arthur, Texas


January 4, 2014

Manthei, Nunez tops at Max Bowl


PORT ARTHUR — Eric Manthei lead the way for the men bowlers this week in abbreviated bowling action due to the Christmas holidays. Eric shot games of 226-266-265 for a nice 757 set. Ashley Nunez led the way for the women this week. Ashley shot games of 222-223-209 for a 654 set. Both bowled their high sets in the Valero league.

Leading the way for the senior bowlers was Monday Seniors Rick Hermsen and Alice Barnes. Rick strung games of 267-223-258 for a 748 series while Alice had a nice 232 game leading to a 575 series.

Other notables for the week include Eric Harrington, with the high game of the week, 279-707. Ronnie Sonnier 257-247-237-741 series. George Duke 247-212-262-721 and Logan Lomasney shooting games of 206-268-229-703 set.

Monday Seniors — VJ Willis 225, James Pitre 234, Gloria Divello 223-569, Bill Lawless 202, Paul McDaniel 210, William Gore 215, Rick Hermsen 267-748.

Valero — Don Lemke 206, Trey Gaspard 267-637, Shane Harlow 276-651, George Duke 262-721, Justin Tremont 242-604, Jackie Schell 190, Derrick Rivers 234, Logan Lomasney 268-701, Eric Manthei 266-757, Sam Procell 187, Bonnie Maxwell 164, Mark Maxwell 252-671, Dee Dennis 204, Ashley Nunez 223-654, Rhett Williford 258-650, CJ Moity 245-683, Ryan Guidry 242-626, Keegan Malbrough 244, Jonathan Martin 240-630, Sandy Robbins 179, Walter Tucker 214, Lewis Garza 226, Alice Barnes 232-575, Erik Brown 236, John Robbins 195, Bill White 235-621.

Mega Money — CJ Moity 233-660, Ronnie Sonnier 257-741, Paul Uresti 210, Chris Edwards 248-685, Eric Harrington 279-707, Robert Seymour 201, Fred Feldschau 216-608, Tommy Roberts 215, David Feldschau 247-613, Bo Cohrt 233-694, Ricky Malmberg 221-644, Roger Fregia 245-649, Wesley Williams 237-640, Erik Postula 267-675, Trint Miguez 257-650, Gary Martin 224-613, George Gund 249-690, George Parsley 234-617, Drew McClary 227-675, RaeAnna Todora 231-628, Jamie Engle 277-678, Russell Hebert 236-693, Danny Potter 236-642, Paul Vaughn 256-668, Chris Chiasson 235-649, Rick Hermsen 237-627, Lewis Garza 229, Linda Singleton 199, Tommy Girolamo 227-655, Scott Cooper 256-667, Howard Holst 204, Dillion Rankin 175, Travis Johnson 234-623, Richard Calder 246-628, Robert Duke 267-691, Brian Smith 186, Trey Todora 233, Georgia McElroy 150, Skipper Arsenault 256-689, Dennis Murphy 235-658, DJ Schwartz 175, Corey Walker 221, Renee Moity 222-602, Kirk Edwards 208, Kirwin Melo 245-669, Chris Rhodes 247-647, Troy Girolamo 237, Bob Bellow 256-625, Caleb Klein 263-611, Jeff Witzleben 245, David Bruno 254-669, Susan Rankin 168.

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    (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on

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