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David Walsh: Reynolds delivers huge series in league action at Colonial

Dec. 23, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

Dusty Reynolds moved into some elite company on Dec. 10 when he rolled an 844 series in the C-K Independent League at Colonial Lanes.

Reynolds, 44, now ranks No. 8 in Huntington USBC scoring for a three-game series. He reached his personal best on games of 279, 278 and 287. For the shift, he finished with 30 strikes out of a possible 36.

"Overly satisfied," Reynolds said when asked how he felt after that accomplishment. "It was awesome. Just the way the pins fell."

Dave Insco and Brian Fite share the scoring record with 868. Of the top eight series, six were shot at Colonial, one at Ceredo Lanes and one at Strike Zone.

In the first game, Reynolds started with two spares and then reeled off 10 strikes for 279. The right-hander who works for the U.S. Postal Service began game two with five in a row, then smashed the pocket in the sixth only to see the 8-pin stay up. He got the spare, added more strikes until leaving a 10-pin on the final shot. In the final game, Reynolds got the first 10, then left a 4-9 on his second shot in the 10th. He picked off one with the fill ball. More high fives from teammates and competitors followed.

"I was pretty much rolling along. I wasn't aware at first," Reynolds said. "When I got the first strike in the 10th, I realized I had the big series."

Reynolds got his first 800 in 2002, shooting a 300 along the way to an 801 series.

An 8-pin leave on a solid shot frustrates any bowler. For Reynolds, that 8-pin ended a streak of 15 straight strikes. "I dropped my shoulders, walked back to the spot, picked up the ball and made it. The 4-9, the shot was pretty close. I thought I might get the 4 out."

Reynolds increased his average to 217. This is his only league.

"I feel different now," Reynolds said. "I have more confidence."

HUNTINGTON USBC CHAMPIONSHIPS: Entry deadline is Jan. 23 for the fifth Huntington USBC Championships scheduled Jan. 26-27 and Feb. 2-3. Singles and doubles will be at Colonial Lanes. Shifts are at 1 p.m. on the two Saturdays. Strike Zone will have the team event. Team event has been changed to four bowlers. Shifts also are at 1 p.m. on the two Sundays. Entry fee is $20 per event and $3 for all-events. Entry forms are available at Strike Zone and Colonial Lanes.

ANOTHER FIRST: For the first time in 110 years of tournament history, the USBC Open Championships will feature two lane conditions -- one oil pattern for team competition and another for doubles and singles. A new schedule will be introduced at the 2013 event to allow for the lanes to be oiled before every squad.

The change creates the opportunity to use two different lane conditions. In order to make fresh oil for every squad possible, six bowlers will be on each pair of lanes for doubles and singles, compared to four in the past. To keep the pace of play steady, all six games of doubles and singles will be contested on the same pair of lanes. In the past, competitors would bowl doubles then flip to an adjacent pair for singles.

RATINGS UP: The PBA Tour got its 2012-13 season off to a strong ratings start when the telecast of the Bayer Advanced Aspirin World Bowling Tour finals on Dec. 9 posted a 14 percent increase in audience viewership over the first telecast of the 2011-12 season.

O'NEILL WINS: No. 4 seed Bill O'Neill won three matches Sunday to take home the title in the PBA Tour's Alka Seltzer Plus Cold Cheetah Championship. O'Neill beat Chris Loschetter, 248-223; Jeff Roche, 246-177; and toppled top seed Mike Wolfe, 243-192, in the title match.

O'Neill took advantage of a six-bagger to oust Loschetter. O'Neill capitalized on an eight-bagger and Roche missing spares in three of the first five frames. This was Roche's television debut. In the title match, O'Neill opened with seven in a row to take a big lead and Wolfe couldn't catch up.

The Viper Championship is on ESPN at 1 p.m., Sunday. Bowlers making the stepladder finals are No. 4 Mike Fagan, No. 3 Mika Koivuniemi, No. 2 Sean Rash and top seed Brad Angelo.

David Walsh is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at 304-526-2759 or dwalsh@herald-dispatch.com.

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