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Otomo, Blair, bowl over the competition

Column by John Shott

Welcome!

It’s time to honor our top bowlers of the year at Tahoe Bowl.

The women’s bowler of the year is abased on four qualifications: 1. Sportsmanship; 2. Conduct on the Lanes; 3. Sanctioned member in good standing; and 4. Points accumulated during the bowling season.

The WIBC sets the categories. A 125 average bowler receives 1 point for every game over 170 and 1 point for every series over 400-plus additional points for the number of pins over 125 and 400.

This year’s recipient of the Women’s Bowler of the Year Award is Eva Otomo. For Otomo’s category of a 150 average, the requirements were a 200 game and a 500 series. Otomo had more than 20 games over the 200 mark and more than 10 series over the 500 barrier.

Otomo began bowling only two year ago and now carries a 167 average.

Her husband, Tom (an avid league bowler) introduced her to the sport and from there Eva began her quest. Otomo bowled on the Smith’s Awesome Wood team in the His and Hers league and on the championship team, Artrageous Fine Framing in the Sierra Hi-Balls league.

Otomo was consistently seen with her husband practicing at least once a week. By practicing and bowling in two leagues, Otomo’s feel for the game began to take shape and her game greatly improved.

Otomo bowls to have fun and meet people, and her competitive nature pushes her to reach her highest level on the lanes.

Otomo’s accomplishments include: 1. Placed first in singles in the 2002 women’s city tournament; 2. Placed second in doubles in the 2002 women’s city tournament.; 3. Captured first in all events in the women’s city tournament.; 4. Was a member of the championship men’s team in the 42nd city tournament.; 5. Was on the championship team in the Sierra Hi-Balls League; 6. Placed first in the women’s Bowlers Victory League in the “C” division in the 200-2001 season; 7. Placed first in the the women’s BVL in the “C” division in the 2001-2002 season.

Congratulations Eva, on your awesome achievement at the 2001-2002 women’s bowler of the year.

The men’s bowler of the year is based upon four qualifications: 1. Character of the bowler; 2. Contribution to the sport of bowling; 3. Involvement in activities; and 4. Accomplishments throughout the year.

The men’s board of directors sets the categories. Each member casts his vote for the men’s bowler of the year and the bowler who receives the majority of the votes earns the Bowler of the Year Award.

This year’s recipient of the Men’s Bowler of the Year Award is Kevin Blair. Blair collected all the votes from each board member for the third year in a row. Blair was just outstanding this year outdoing his last two year’s feats.

Blair bowled for the Harrah’s/Harveys team in the His and Hers League, started bowling on the Judy and the Blowfish team in the Basin Bowlers League in January, and also started bowling on the Tahoe Trout Farm team in the Guys and Dolls league in February.

Blair started bowling at Deerfield lanes in Deerfield Beach, Fla., as a 17-year-old senior in high school.

A retired professional bowler — Butch Gearhart — with seven national titles taught and trained Blair in the fundamentals of bowling as a junior in high school. Blair bowled in the junior leagues, where he would practice at least four times a week and began bowling in men’s leagues twice a week.

Blair moved to Lake Tahoe in 1987 and started bowling in the Men’s Scratch League. Blair loves competition and says that bowling is a great social activity to be enjoyed by people of all ages.

Blair’s accomplishments in the 2001-2002 season that earned his the bowler of the year award include:

1. Organized, conducted, and participated in the scratch eliminations tournament each week in the His and Hers and Basin Bowlers leagues.

2. Rolled the highest series for the 2001-2002 — 761– with games of 231-279-257 in the His and Hers League, receiving a plaque for his series from the ABC.

3. Acquired the most games over the 200 barrier during leagues, 105 out of 144 possible games — that’s 72 percent — almost three out of every four games were over 200.

4. Rolled 13 games between 200-210, 22 games between 211-220, 28 games between 221-230, 15 games between 231-240, 11 games between 241-250, three games between 251-260, seven games between 261-270, four games between 271-280 and a 299 game in the His and Hers League.

5. Rolled nine (700 series) for the year: 720, 705, 710, 711, 712, 714, 738, 751 and 761.

6. Rolled the highest series in the Basin Bowlers League and the highest series (738) with games of 227-299-212.

7. Had the highest average in the His and Hers League (219), Guys and Dolls league (217) and Basin Bowlers League (216), receiving the high average award from the the ABC in all three leagues.

8. Earned his 299 ring from the ABC.

Blair’s dedication, sportsmanship, love of the game, determination and desire, along with his impressive list of accomplishments, led to his unanimous selection as men’s bowler of the year.

Congratulations, Kevin on your awesome achievement and accomplishments as the 2001-2002 men’s bowler of the year.

See everyone in September when leagues will resume.


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