, Port Arthur, Texas


July 12, 2014

Tray Perfect, but the ladies take top honors

PORT ARTHUR — The leaders this week at Max Bowl are of the feminine persuasion. Yes Tray shot another 300 this summer but that was not enough to overcome Sami Jo Williams. Sami Jo led the way, in Thursday Nights Summer Money league, ripping games of 234-266-245 for a big 745 series. Tray and CJ limped behind, Tray starting off perfect followed by 213-210 for a nice 723 set and CJ shooting 267-215-203 for a 685 series. Dave Mericle had a special night Thursday night shooting his first 600 series. Dave this by shooting games of 212-247-169 for a 628 set.

Our Monday Seniors leader had a very impressive set herself. Gloria Divello cranked out games of 195-235-257 for a very nice 687 series.

Like I mentioned at the beginning of this column the ladies ruled the week. I suggest the men not let their guard down or the excellent lady bowlers that bowl at Max Bowl will remain on the top.


Rob Kistner -202-223-209-634, Dean Wersig -231-248-215-694, CJ Moity -181-237-205-623,

Kirwin Melo -217-225-223-665, Ben Wolfe -198-204-243-645, Bill White -209-236-218-663,

Rick Hermsen -217-195-248-660, James Pitre –209-153-246-608, Rick Hermsen -216-215-236-667,

John Allen -246-181-192-619, James Moity –230-225-215-670, Carl Quinn –211-196-204-611

Griffin Williams –193-221-224-638, Thang Nguyen –191-246-194-631, Russell Hebert –235-226-213-674,

Bret Chipman -200-197-222-619, Skipper Arsenault -211-227-215-653.

Road Runners

Frank Rios -182 - 492, Bobby Abraham -174 - 449, Charlotte Banks - 147,

VJ Willis – 207-523, Cynthia Williams -158-412, Lewis Garza - 201-471.

Monday Seniors

Jerry LeBleu – 192-524, Carl Wuenschel - 153, Bruce VanBoskirk - 190,

Don Dunn – 187-511, VJ Willis –223-527, Cynthia Williams - 121.

Golden Oldies

Don Edgerly – 179, Frank Rios – 157, Don Bourg – 207-548, Phil Rogers -183,

Blanch Comeaux – 164-454, Tommy Girolamo – 222, Robert Seymour – 199-515,

Chris Heath – 153, Betty Sheffield - 155 - 428, August Gonsoulin – 189-526,

James Pitre – 213-576, John Greig -178 - 434, Bonnie Timaes –167-447,

Marcie Andrews –116, Frankie Hall -163 – 453, Donna Clifton –134, VJ Willis –216-558.

Summer Money

DJ Schwartz –179, Mike Zuckero –193- 549, Jeff Anderson –199, Michael Morvant -190,

Brian Smith -223, Andrew Pridemore –223, Travis Johnson –220-593, Ashley Nunez –247-596,

RaeAnna Todora –242, Evelyn Moyer -151, Missy O’Connor –182-503, Chris Moyer –165,

Shannon O’Connor -199 -540, Alan Kay –214-513, Michael Rash -128, Steve Sodman -156,

Chad Carlson - 167, Eric Monarch -165, Trey Todora – 232, Logan Lomasney - 216,

James Pitre -206, Alice Barnes -192-523, Erick Brown –211-540, John Robison –192-509,  

Charlene Wersig -193, Casey Smith –237, Aaron Wersig –195, Jesse Pompa -163, Georgeann

Richardson -201 - 556, Mark Maxwell –212, Rusti Girolamo -126, Aaron Beavens -186, Art Turner –203-540,  

Joe Wolfe –215-581, Amanda Carr –130, Sang Nguyen -182, Hoa Le -192-561, Patsy Ronquille -162,

Alanda Boldt -214-547, Chris Heath -180, Blake Austin –186, Jared Morein -200-568.

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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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