While Maxxx Revs Pro Shop and Safari Bowl were bowling for first place in the Bill Mastronadi/Bud Light Masters league, the T&D Windshield team was putting up huge numbers on Monday night.
Maxxx Revs took a three-point lead over first-half champ Safari with a 30-20 position-round win at Mt. Hawley Bowl. Harley Bollinger and team captain Steve Taylor both rolled 766 sets for Maxxx Revs, while Brad Moore led Safari with a 794, and Mark Stenger added a 742.
But T&D threw a near shutout, beating Landmark Lanes 48-2, dropping only the final individual game of the match.
T&D anchorman Travis Anderson had the high set for the night with an 814 on games of 279, 279 and 256. But in the final game, his opponent, Mike Boogren, rolled a 257 to win Landmark's only points of the night.
And how Anderson lost made it even worse.
"I left a pocket 7-10 on the fill ball," he said. "As the night went on, I just threw it harder instead of moving left. I think I was throwing it too hard by the end of the third game. I left a 10-pin in the ninth, a 10-pin my first ball in the 10th, then the 7-10 to lose by one."
Bob Baker added 743, Dan Lee 742 and Adam Burnette 697 for a 2,996 team series, the second highest for a four-man team in the nation this season. They missed the leaders by 61 pins.
The Plaza Lanes team also had a big night, beating Linn Lanes, 46-4, to move out of the league cellar. Terry Weisenberger led Plaza with 749, Gary Robinson added 744, and Gary Alstott 718.
MORE SCORING: The Bullpen team of Harley Bollinger, Cass Hermacinski and Johntay Jones had team games of 773, 846 and 687 for a 2,306 series at Landmark Lanes on Thursday. That three-man team series ranks fourth in the nation.
Their 846 middle game (Bollinger 299, Hermacinski 289 and Jones 258) is tied for third high in the nation, just 10 pins out of first.
Bollinger opened the set with 23 straight strikes before leaving a 4-pin in an effort to roll back-to-back perfect games for the second time in his career. He added a closing 210 for an 809 set. Hermacinski added 798 and Jones 699.
NATIONAL LEADERS: The doubles team of Kathleen Johnson and Kelly Ford lead the nation for team game and series, according to bowl.com.
Ford rolled a 748 on games of 246, 289 and 213, while Johnson added a 714 with 233, 259 and 222, for a 1,462 combined series. Their 548 middle game is 45 pins higher than the next high score by a female duo.
Johnson also is on the mixed (three men, one woman) team, Landmark Lifers, that has the sixth highest team game in the nation. They posted a 1,031 in the TNBA, getting 279 from Harley Bollinger, 276 from both Johnson and her fiance, Cass Hermacinski, and 200 from Wes Newell.
GREAT TURNOUT: The benefit held for Peoria River City Association Joe Janusz and his family last weekend attracted a packed house at Safari Bowl in Morton. There were five bowlers on each lane across the house for the 9-pin no-tap format tournament.
Along with the raffles, 50/50 drawings and silent auction, more than $5,000 was raised to help the Janusz family.
Joe Janusz spent about three months at the Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago trying to get on the heart transplant list. He had surgery on Jan. 2 to have a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) implanted to assist his heart.
"Recovery has been slow," he said in a recent email. "It's big in part to keeping me from a blood transfusion that could compromise a heart transplant. Currently I have a new pump attached to my heart that is working miracles.
"I have the best support team a person could ask for. My wife has been by my side 100 percent of the time, which means the world to me."
Janusz returned back home a couple of days before the benefit, but was too weak to attend in person. His wife, Lisa, said that he was very grateful for the generosity of the bowling family.
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.