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Dave Walsh: Huntington USBC champ just came back to bowling

Feb. 17, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Marc Mullins wanted his brother Eric to get back into bowling. Eric relented in early October and joined his brother's team in the Corps of Engineers League on Tuesdays at Colonial Lanes.

Marc wanted Eric to compete in the fifth annual Huntington USBC Championships. Eric, a bit reluctant at first, agreed and good thing he did.

All the left-hander did was win the coveted all-events title. He came in with a 170 average. He reeled off games of 171-247-194 for 612 in singles, 190-210-247-for 647 in doubles and 192-195-257 for 644 in team event. That's 1,903 actual. Add his handicap and the winning total is 2,347.

"I don't normally bowl that well," Mullins said. "Things worked out well. I was consistent. I guess I need to thank him (Marc)."

Mullins did bowl as a junior, but then left the game. When he came back, he had to invest in equipment. He ordered a ball -- he now has three -- and shoes. In the city tournament singles and doubles were at Colonial Lanes and team event at Strike Zone. When he showed up for team, it was his first visit to that center since it was known as Ted & Ed's Pro Bowl. Marc, Jeep Lewis and Steve Wright made up the team.

The Mullins brothers shot 1,423 in doubles and placed fifth. In singles, Eric (who is self-employed) took second with 792. Collis Blake won with 802 (784 actual).

"I didn't want to bowl at first because I'd be going up against all those good bowlers, guys that shoot 300," Eric said. "He (Marc) said if you bowl some good games, you have a chance of placing. I was with good bowlers and that got me motivated. I fed off them. I'm blown away by the results.

In doubles, Ken Riggs and Gary Castle shot 1,540 to win. Steve Wolowinski and Jeff Wiseman were second with 1,461.

In team event, Hobbs Pro Shop fired 2,870 to win. Justin Adkins, Sam Hobbs, Lee Mason and Kevin McWhorter made up the team. Strike Zone Ladies came in second with 2,832. Alicia Adkins, Brenda Arthur, Debbie Miller and Jessica Long made up that team.

ESSIE EVANS MEMORIAL: The sixth Essie Evans Memorial Scotch Doubles Tournament is scheduled Feb. 24 at Colonial Lanes. Bowling starts at 2 p.m. Entry fee $30 per team. First prize $500 guaranteed. Teams made up of one woman, one man. The lady will roll the first ball. Teams will bowl five games, the last will be no-tap. Entry forms at Colonial. More information available at www.coloniallaneswv.com.

BOWLING BENEFIT: The first Barboursville Bloodhounds No-Tap Handicap Tournament & Bowl-A-Thon is March 3 at Colonial Lanes. Festivities will start at noon. Entry fee is $25 and cash prizes for top five.

For people just wanting to bowl, open bowling is $10 per person and includes 3 games and shoe rental with proceeds going directly to K-9 "Gus." of the Barboursville Police Department. There will be cash brackets, raffles and door prizes throughout the event. One prize is a trip for two to Hawaii courtesy of Colonial Lanes.

All proceeds will go directly to K-9 "Gus." Sign up at Colonial Lanes or call Sean Moore at 304 429-9400 or Tim Corbett at 304 416-1080.

500 CLUB TOURNAMENT: The Huntington 500 Club's City Tournament will be March 10 at Colonial Lanes. Bowling starts at 1:30 p.m. Entry forms at Colonial and Strike Zone. Call Judy Keith at 304-529-3479 or Joan Hopkins at 304-429-6175.

PBA TOUR: Colombia native Andres Gomez made a successful title defense in the Carmen Salvino Classic last week. He beat D.J. Archer in the title match, 246-197. The Mark Roth Classic title match is Sunday and finalists are Michael Haugen Jr. and Scott Norton. ESPN has the match along with the next round of PBA League competition at 3 p.m.

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

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