Bowling column for Tuesday, December 8, 2020

By: Bette Addington

–5thANNUAL CVM CHRISTMAS FOR KIDS – DEC. 5-13The guys from Central Valley Masters have not let the pandemic stop their annual “Christmas for Kids!” No centers being opened does not stop this great annual event, no siree! This year’s event has been taking place from December 5th and runs through December 13th and is online/virtual and although we can’t all gather and bowl, there are still ways all can participate.If you missed their podcast last Saturday, here’s the info from it. To get all the information you need to know about CVM’s “Christmas for Kids,” just go to their website, From there click the tab “Christmas for Kids.”You will notice there are several ways you can donate and participate. You can bid on a couple bowling balls that were donated. That’s one way. Or, you can get in on the “Silent Auction” bids. There you will see a spreadsheet of all the those that have bid on the various items up for grabs as well as who bid on them. But if there is an item there that you really want a chance at, be sure to check back this weekend to see if you still have a chance on it.Then there’s another way….”Raffle.” You can purchase raffle tickets on an array of items donated for their raffle. Tickets run 1 for $1; 7 for $5; or 15 for $10. If you are interested in purchasing raffle tickets, send your money/requests to Greg Barraza and he will process your purchase of raffle tickets and get back to you with your ticket numbers. You have two ways to purchase your tickets. Either via Paypal (, 661/368-5236 or via Venmo@centralvalleymasters, 661/900-4559.Then there’s another Raffle, the BIG RAFFLE that has items like gas cards, food cards, a Patriotic handmade sign, and blankets to name a few.Also, Nick Pollack is doing custom jersey or backpack for this event and several of his items are shown.There will also be a 50/50 that you can purchase tickets for.Then there is a Xbox Series S (donated by Joey Valenzuela) that will also be given away and a separate drawing for this item. Tickets are $10 each and cap will be at $1k.So many different ways you can get involved in this great event. You can purchase your choice from now up until 7:30pm on Sun., December 13, which is when CVM will do their podcast and give away all the items.All money raised from this event will be given to local needy families. “If you guys know of someone, let us know. With your help, we can continue doing this,” John Curtis.Motiv is CVM’s main sponsor and will continue to be through 2021.John also added if you cannot purchase your tickets either through PayPal or Venmo, let him know and he can meet you somewhere this week to sell you your tickets so you can be part of this fundraiser.Greg Barraza added, “Make sure you tell which tickets for which drawings you want to purchase. We will send you your ticket numbers.”“I think this will be our best year ever!” said CVM VP Chris Gregory.“That’s why I do this, because I love Christmas!” John Curtis, Pres., CVM–SANDERS/GARCIA PLACE THIRD & ROBERT FOX PLACES FOURTH IN SJBC DOUBLES TOURNAMENT – NOV. 22, 2020 – FREEWAY LANES, SELMACongratulations to Stephanie Sanders & C. Alex Garcia for their third place win in the recent San Joaquin Bowling Club Regular Doubles Tournament held Sun., Nov. 22, at Freeway Lanes in Selma. They won $294 for their third place win in a field of 20 doubles teams competing.Robert Fox teamed up with J. Rodriguez and they placed fourth and Robert won $115 for his finish. Aris Anadilla teamed up with Andrew Svoren and they ended up in 12th place. Way to represent!!–ALONSO CAPTURES ANOTHER FIRST PLACE IN RECENT CBT TOURNAMENTCongratulations to Patricia Alonso who placed first in No-Tap Doubles with her partner TJ Rock, third in No-Tap Doubles with her partner Sr. Lloyd Burleson of Henderson, NV, and 5th in No-Tap Singles in the CBT (Competitive Bowling Tournaments) held the weekend of Nov. 28-29 at Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.Andrew Svoren aka “Barney” placed 6th in the Scratch Singles and Joe Smith aka “Fred” placed 15th. Barney also placed 10th in No-Tap Singles.–CA STATE REGULATIONS PROLONG OPENING OF LOCAL BOWLING CENTERSUnfortunately, we were dropped back down into the purple tier. This means we need to work back into the red and then to the orange tier before bowling centers will be allowed to open. And being our numbers of positive cases are steadily climbing, it doesn’t look like we will get back into the red tier for several weeks if not a month. Guess we can call Fall leagues now Winter leagues, at best.If, and when AMF Southwest Lanes opens, Jose wanted me to share with you their updated hours of operation:Mondays – 5pm to 10pmTuesdays – 5pm to 11pmWednesdays – 1pm – 11pmThursdays – 5pm – 10pmFridays – 11am – 1amSaturdays – 1pm – 1amSundays – 1pm – 10pm–STRING MACHINES VERSUS PIN SETTERSEditors Note: I have reached out to several bowling companies for their input on this topic and am awaiting to hear back from a couple so will publish their comments on this topic in my next column.If you have information on this topic that you would like to share, (pro or con), please either email them to me ( or text to me.–USBC 2021 NATIONAL CONVENTION TO BE HELD VIRTUALThe United States Bowling Congress Board of Directors voted to conduct the 2021 USBC Convention and Annual Meeting virtually due to COVID-19 concerns and frequently changing restrictions.Both were scheduled to be held at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard, IL from April 26-29, 2021.An update with more details about the schedule, procedures and technology for the virtual convention will be announced by the end of January, 2021.–BAKERSFIELD SENATE OF TNBA IS LOOKING FOR MEMBERS AND RENEWING MEMBERSPlease help keep the Bakersfield Senate of TNBA active as well as helping the national TNBA organization survive during this pandemic. Their annual membership dues are $21. If you wish more information on how to join or renew, please contact Pamela Bright on her email at or her phone at 661/703-3700.–WATCH 2021 BowlTVGet 90 events/1,600 hours of bowling coverage during 2021 by subscribing to BowlTV for $49.95 for the entire year which works out to just over $4 a month. It is now a limited-time offer as this deal will only be available until Dec. 31, 2020. Starting in 2021, the cost of an annual subscription goes back to $79.95 so don’t miss this opportunity to join BowlTV today.–MIKE MAYO UPDATERobert Mayo shared the following update on his Dad, Mike Mayo:A little over a year ago my dad was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic melanoma skin cancer, meaning it spread to other areas of his body, including his brain, lungs, lymph nodes, and liver. He was able to go through radiation treatment in addition to some prescription pills to kill the cancer tumors. The pills have done very well for him, nearly eradicating the cancer in his body within just a few months. Initially the radiation treatment was also successful in reducing the brain tumors to nearly nothing. During the first part of this year he was doing very well with almost no noticeable side effects from the cancer or the treatment. He even eventually went back to work for a short time because he was doing so well. All this to say around September when we were anxiously awaiting and hoping for the new bowling season to resume, his progress took a turn for the worse. The tumors in his brain we thought were dead started to regrow in the same locations as before. Some swelling around his brain has also returned. Because of this, doctors could not do further radiation treatment without causing permanent damage to his brain. Surgery is also not an option. The first 6-8 weeks after this news things were normal, but this time with no treatment options the cancer is starting to take its toll. The last few weeks have been a steady decline in his physical health. Because the tumors are mostly in his left brain, he has lost almost all mobility and function on his right side.Mentally he is still doing okay, with some short term memory loss from time to time as well as minor confusion. Otherwise he is still himself joking around and giving everyone a hard time, especially my mom. It is definitely a huge adjustment for all of us as he is now mostly wheelchair bound. He has been able to visit with his family all across the US over the past year (and yes we might have ignored some “guidelines” and “restrictions” in order to do so).Of course he is always saying he doesn’t want anyone to worry about him and he will tell you he’s doing good, but he also asks if anyone can spare a prayer for another miracle so that he could walk again, he would appreciate it very much. The next few weeks to months will be some trying times but we remain hopeful as 2020 comes to an end. We appreciate all your thoughts and prayers.And if you think about it, send my dad a text or phone call to say you’re thinking about him. He may or may not reply but encouraging words are some of the best things for him right now. PM me to get his number if you don’t have it and would like to.Thanks again friends, bowling family and Facebook family. Enjoy the holiday season, no matter what! –Robert Mayo–DRIVE UNDERWAY TO HELP SAVE CA BOWLING CENTERSSeveral privately-owned CA bowling centers are struggling to keep going with the long shutdown. David Yamauchi/So. Cal. Junior Bowling Foundation has set up a Go Fund Me account to help these struggling centers. If you are interested in donating, go to–FOR PBA FANSIf you are a serious PBA Fan, the PBA now offers a new organization you can join called PBA Pinsiders. If you join, you will receive a PBA hat, a PBA bowling towel, a PBA water bottle, console game download, FREE game at Bowlero center and access to member-only content information. You can also get discounts like 10% off merchandise from or 15% off orders $199 or more plus free shipping, or 20% off for annual Flo Bowling subscription (for new subscribers). Plus PBA Tour Events – get access to PBA event tickets early and receive free upgrades. Plus member-only content access to exclusive content from the biggest PBA stars. You’ll be the first to know breaking news of the PBA. Cost is $49.95 per year. Go to HAS YOUR BOOK AVERAGE LISTEDWith the delay in Fall/Winter leagues getting to start, did you know you can look up what your Book Average is on You can also purchase your 2020-21 sanction card or wait until leagues do start and purchase your card through your first day/night of league bowling.–CBW CHARITY DRIVE DEADLINE IS DEC. 31California Bowling Writers 17th Annual Charity Drive for Operation Freedom Paws (OFP). Please consider donating to this charity to help OFP match clients and many of them are CA Veterans with specially chosen service dogs. Download donation form at and send your donation (any amount is much appreciated!) to CBW Treasurer Tina Martin, 57 Shields Lane, Novato, CA 94947. Checks can be made out to “CBW.”–TOURNAMENT CLUB CANCELLATIONS CONTINUEBe sure to check with the tournament director whether an upcoming event is a go or not as it changes from day-to-day, even hour-to-hour! Many of them are trying their darndest to provide events for bowlers to compete in but are up against city, county and state health regulations.–LOCAL BOWLING CENTERS- The BLVD! – CLOSED for Bowling, Food & Alcohol!!–3200 Buck Owens Blvd.,, 661/873-4477Military Service (Active, Reserve, Retired, Law Enforcement, Fire & First Responders) get 15% off Food, Soft Beverages, Bowling, Laser Tag, Ropes Course & Arcade Play Every Day!Live Music on the Patio – Every Friday from 6pm-8pm – FREE!Sign Up for The BLVD!’s E Club, connect with them to get exclusive offers & updates. Join via their free WiFi or fill out a card today! (Like & follow @BLVDBAKERSFIELD.)Monday-Thursday (Open-Close) $4.25/Game, per personFriday (Open-5pm) $4.25/Game, per personFriday (5pm-Close) $42/Hour, per lane*Weekends (Open-Close) $42/Hour, per lane*Shoes – $4/person—Socks – $2.50/pair*Up to (6) people per lane- AMF Southwest Lanes – CLOSED –3610 Wible Road – 661/834-2695, of Operation (when center re-opens)Mondays – 5pm – 10pmTuesdays – 5pm – 11pmWednesdays – 1pm – 11pmThursdays – 5pm – 10pmFridays – 11am – 1amSaturdays – 1pm – 1amSundays – 1pm – 10pmROBB’S PRO SHOP (inside AMF Southwest Lanes) –661/833-2695:Hours of OperationCLOSED- West Side Lanes – CLOSED–500 Cascade Place, Bldg. D, Taft, 93268 – 661/763-4246 or 765-6677- Mt. Mesa Lanes – CLOSED–4612 McCray Road, Mt. Mesa, CA 93240 – 760/379-3131,– High Desert Lanes – CLOSED–205 Fitzgerald Blvd., Edwards AFB, CA 93523 – 661/275-2695–BOWLING COMMUNITY CALENDARSat..-Sun., Dec. 5-13: Central Valley Masters 5thannual “Christmas for Kids,” Online/Virtual Raffle, Craft Sale, Silent Auction, and 50/50. All proceeds go to local kids for Christmas.Thurs., Dec. 10: Inside the OC Podcast with David Waswo, 2pm, BowlTVSat. & Sun., Dec. 12-13: CBT Handicap Doubles & Singles & Scratch Singles Tourn., Santa Fe Lanes, Las Vegas, NV, 661/418-8007, cbtbowling.comSun., Dec. 13: Central Valley Masters Podcast for “Christmas for Kids” announcing winners. 7:30pm.Sun., Dec. 13: 60 and Over Scratch Classic, private location, 562/243-0175–CANCELLEDSun., Dec. 13: Valentine & LeForbes Men’s Only Scratch 6 Gamer & Women’s Only Scratch 6 Gamer, 9am, Canyon Lanes, Cabazon, 909/725-6805Sun., Dec. 13: The Beast Eliminator #10, 10am, La Habra Bowl, La Habra,, TheBeastHandicapEliminator@gmail.comSun., Dec. 13: HammerPins Open, 10am, Travis Bowl, Travis AFB, 707/631-1331,, Dec. 17-20: CBT No-Tap Beat the Board Doubles & Singles, squads: 12/17 – 1/3/8; 12/18 – 11/1/3/5:30; 12/19 – 10/12/2/4; 12/20 – 10/12/2/4, Bowlero Mesa, Mesa, AZ, 661/418-8007, cbtbowling.comSat., Dec. 19: Victory Bowlers Holiday Classic, Mxd. Team & Doubles Shootout, 9am & 1:30pm, Canyon Lanes, Cabazon, 405/586-0871, victorybowling900@gmail.comSun., Dec. 20: HammerPins Handicap Alibi Doubles 4 Gamer, 11am, AMF Pinole Lanes, Pinole, CA, 707/631-1331,–UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS ON THE HORIZONSat. & Sun., Dec. 26-27: Elite Bowling Club 2 squad 5 Gamers, Canyon Lanes, Cabazon, 951/419-2751Sat.-Wed., Dec. 26-30: 17th JBT Youth Las Vegas Main Event, SouthPoint, Las Vegas, NV, bowljbt.comThurs., Dec. 31: Donation deadline for CA Bowling Writers 2020/17th annual Operation Freedom Paws Charity Drive,


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