Local league enthusiasts turned out in force over the holiday weekend to post big scores at the Wallenpaupack Bowling Center. Honesdale's Gary Eisenhauer boasts the highest average to date at 238.

Despite the Thanksgiving holiday, league action continued up until Tuesday evening when the last ball was rolled for the Atlantic City League at the Wallenpaupack Bowling Center.

This week past, Paupack Lanes saw several high scores by junior leaguers, as well as their adult counterparts.

Big Numbers

Last week, Honesdale’s Matthew Hafler led the way with the center’s highest score of the week: a 279 game. This was rolled last Saturday in the first game of high school league competition.

Hafler would proceed to fire a 708 series — the fifth highest series in the center this week.

The next morning, at the Anthracite Valley Youth Leaders match (which was hosted by Paupack) this week, high scores were once again ubiquitous, especially by the home teams.

Michael Santos began the first game of competition with a rampant string of strikes — good for a game exceeding the 250 mark.

Hafler also collected a few mid-200 games.

Hawley’s Alyssa Tardona began the first two games low-200 games and, as a result, set herself on course for her first-career 600 series. Unfortunately, Alyssa fell just short of that milestone.
The adults’ scores were also elevated this past week.

Paupack’s Jim Kennedy continued his tradition of success with a 745 series during Monday’s Penn York League.

Jeanne Hermann led the women this week with a 227 game during Friday’s Wayne Com-mercial League action.

Hawley’s Clare Agnesini led the women in series this past week with a 604 series while Dingmans Ferry’s Joyce Sylvester followed close behind Agnesini with a 577 series .

Both occurred Sunday night during the Mixed League.

High Rollers

As we are rapidly approaching the halfway mark for the fall/winter leagues, TWI Sports will take a moment to recognize the high averages thus far.

It is no surprise that for the men, the high average currently belongs to Honesdale’s Gary Eisenhauer with a mind-boggling 238 average.

Mike Weber, also of Honesdale, sits four pins behind Eisenhauer with a 234 average and Michael Myers sits two pins in back of Weber with a 232 average.

Barring a massive collapse, Kathleen Conklin has the center-wide women’s high average wrapped up. She is currently 20 pins in front of her next closest competitor, Clare Agnesini. Conklin currently sits at the 215 mark in the average book.

On The Horizon

Recently, the first round of Pepsi qualifying for league-level has concluded for the local junior leagues.

The second window for those who have yet to qualify will be held later on in the season.

In March, more than 500 bowlers from the District 8 sector of PA will flock to Wallenpaupack Bowling Center to compete and try to advance to the state level finals to be held in Allentown.

TWI Sports will have full coverage of this event, which is being held in Wayne County for the very first time.