The Olympia team took first place Wednesday in local bowling league competition held at the Mount Airy Lanes and won both the first and second quarter by five games in the 32-week competition.
The Olympia team members said they came to win Wednesday and with just one game into the second quarter was able to take first yet again to finish the half. The next quarter will begin on Jan. 2.
Clarence Cropps has the top average on the Olympia team with 187 and said he has been bowling for more than 25 years. Cropps is 61 years old and has bowled with the team for four years, he said.
Cropps said, “I love the sport and competition of bowling in both its individual and team competition areas.” Cropps added that he was happy with his average this season but said, “It’s been higher.”
Granville Rawley came in a close second on the Olympia team recording a 180 and said he also had been with the team for four years.
Curtis Hill of Olympia showed an average of 159 Wednesday coming into the match and said, “We’ve bowled together for years on the Olympia team and we enjoy each others company, so we just keep on doing it.”
Janet Atkins said she was happy she had bowled over her average during the first game in which she scored a 166.
Atkins said when asked if she expected the Olympia team’s victory Wednesday, “Shoot yeah we came to win.” Atkins also said she plays in a women’s golf league during the summer and enjoys the fun in the bowling league.
Co-owner Darrin Casstevens said, “They just bowled better than the other teams through the first and second and that’s how you win.”
He also said that any team that has been bowling together for a longer period will usually show a difference in their level of competition.
Second place went to the Surrey Bank team and third to the Fashion Floor team.
Darrin said, “Surrey has been bowling good but not as good as they are capable of.”
Eugene Terry plays for Fashion Floors and is secretary and treasurer for the Mount Airy Lanes Bowling league competition held on Wednesdays.
Terry said that he bowled a 206, 179 and a 159 to finish the half and bowled better than average. Overall, Terry said, he was happy with the results at the leagues ending half.
They had a big time Wednesday as one of the bowling team players, Larry Williams who bowls for Prime Sirloin bought 20 pizzas for everyone for Christmas.
Terry announced on the microphone that the league’s support and prayers were with citizens in Connecticut and everyone gave a round of applause to Williams also for bringing the pizza.
The highest average on the team coming into Wednesday’s last game of the eight-week quarter belonged to Darrin Casstevens, with an average of 303.
Casstevens and mother, Tammy, are co-owners and purchased the lanes this past summer on July 6.
The overall averages of 180 or better at the end of the league’s second quarter and half were: Darrin Casstevens 221, John Davis 209, Jeremy Johnson 201, Rocky Casstevens 201, Tex Tuttle 200, Brian Warren 199, Brady Williams 190, Clarence Cropps 187, Austin Warren 187, Michael Warren 186, Granville Rawley 180.
Darrin Casstevens said his biggest accomplishment is bowling a three in a row 800 in 2010 at the Northside Lanes that his father, Rocky Casstevens, owns. He said the numbers were 819, 847, 826 in three consecutive weeks. “I don’t know of anyone who has done that,” he said.
Casstevens’ goal is to someday play on the PBA tour, he said. Meanwhile he said practice in bowling is what makes perfect.
Betty Hodges is the oldest employee at the lanes and made homemade chicken salad for all league players Wednesday.
Tammy Casstevens said the group of employees are Wes Hill, the mechanic and ball stopper, Sherry and Justin Draughn and the Casstevens.
“It’s these employees that help make this special and possible and we have fun,” she said.