Austin Hall was the big winner at the inaugural Peoria River City Association Youth City Tournament, which concluded a two-weekend run last Sunday at Christian Center Lanes.
Hall picked up titles in the 15-up team event, Division 4 singles (600) and all events (1,724), and Division 5 doubles with Bryan Hammond.
The Plaza/Landmark team of Hall, Peter Milich, Jeffrey McBride and Braden Jones won the team title with a 3,002 handicap total. Hall opened with a 230, Jones with a 226, and McBride had a middle game of 232.
For the doubles title, Hammond had a 715 series on games of 267, 195 and 263, while Hall added 569 for a 1,284.
Milich and McBride also won Division 4 doubles with 1,108.
Other double winners were Tamia Burke in Division 1 all events (634) and 12-14 team (TNBA Mind Craft, 2,670), Daniel Curless in Division 3 singles (485) and doubles (909 with Colton Wind), and Jason Yunus in Division 5 singles (649 on games of 267, 180 and 202) and all events (1,827).
Savannah Erickson, bowling in Division 6 for bowlers averaging 191 and above, posted the biggest overall score in the tournament. She won singles with a 705 on games of 268, 202 and 235, added a 595 in doubles and 683 in team on games of 232, 204 and 247.
Her three series totaled 1,983, which easily would have won an all-events title. But she did not enter.
Hammond also had a shot at an all-events title, adding a 618 series in team to his 715 in doubles. But he did not have a singles score and was not eligible for all-events.
The tournament finished with 54 entries in singles, 28 doubles teams, 22 four-person teams and 31 all-events entries.
EARLY SHOWDOWN: The top two teams in the Bill Mastronardi/But Light Masters will meet in a position-round match on Monday at Mount Hawley Bowl.
First-half champ Safari Bowl regained the top spot in the second half after a 44-6 win over Sunset Lanes at Safari Bowl in Morton last week. It was a solid team effort by Safari, which got a 716 from Bill Maher, 709 from both Rob Johnson and Mark Stenger, and a 708 from Brad Moore.
Maxxx Revs Pro Shop trails Safari by just seven points after beating Lannert Chiropractic, 36-14. The winners posted the high team series in the league this season with a 2,913, getting 752 from Tony DeVita, 744 from captain Steve Taylor, 722 from Vince Pollard, and 695 from Harley Bollinger.
The two teams met at Mount Hawley five weeks ago in the first half, with Safari winning the match, 32-18, on its way to the first-half title.
The Mount Hawley team of Tony Wysinger (730), Justin Estima (695), Jon Davis (691) and Ryan Driskill (760) also had a big night with a 2,876 series in a 44-6 win over Linn Lanes to move into fourth place, just behind WingStop.
PEKIN HONOREES: The Greater Pekin Bowling Association has elected Bob Dant and Curtis Goeken as the newest members of its Hall of Fame.
Goeken, 62, is a 35-year member of the GPBA, with a resume that includes five 300s, an 802 series, and a high career average of 220. He was a member of the GPBA board, and won the 2015 Pekin city tournament singles title with a 790 set.
Dant, 65, has bowled in Pekin for 45 years, and also has rolled five 300 games. But one of them was in the tough-scoring Petersen Classic (in 1992) and one was in the Hoinke Classkc (1993) in Cincinnati.
He has a high career set of 817, and has a current high average of 206 in his three leagues.
SUNSET WINNER: Larry Lanier survived a semifinal match against Mike McBride, and went on to win the fourth Sunset Lanes Winter Sweeper last Sunday.
After getting past McBride, 191-188, with his seven pins of handicap, Lanier beat Zach Arnett (24 pins of handicap), 244-232, to win the top prize.
Craig Bryant led the field after four qualifying games with a scratch 1,005 on games of 235, 259, 254 and 257. He lost to Arnett in the semifinals, 249-224.
JOHNNY CAMPOS is the Journal Star bowling columnist. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 686-3214. Read his Spare Change blog at blogs.pjstar.com/sparechange, or follow him on Twitter at @JohnnyCampos59.