The Latest News from Tenpins & More

September 19, 2023

From Tenpins & More

* An unprecedented, one-time added scholarship of $ 5,000 is being awarded to bowlers coming to Rio Rancho this weekend (September 23-24) for the annual Youth New Mexico Open.

Both scratch and handicap division winners this Sunday will each receive scholarships for a record
$ 1,250. Boys and girls ranging in age from six to twenty will vie for the prizes and trophies.

It is also the first event in the Mountain West region season of the Junior Bowlers Tour, with double points given. Entries can be processed at

* Six winners were named after contesting the new "Filling Frames" tournament at Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho.

Scores did not count in the multi-graded event, instead one point was awarded for each strike and spare made during a four-game set (with 40 points the maximum available).

Joseph Paterson and wife, Teri, drove up from Socorro to win their respective divisions. Joseph closed 35 frames in Mens A, while Teri scored 17 in Womens C.

Trent Irwin, one of the Center's most diligent practice bowlers, won Mens B with 34 while James DeGroat, who attended last month's Coaching Clinic, won Mens C with 25 marks.

Johnna Mora, who bowled the summer Scratch Doubles league with multi-Hall of Fame member, Dana Miller-Mackie, threw 31 closed frames for the Womens A win, as did Gloria Gonzakowski in winning Womens B.

* Rick Dennison, who bowls the Senior Trios here on Monday afternoons, was nominated and accepted as the newest member of the Tenpins & More "Real Bowling Heroes" award board.

Dennison, who bowls three leagues a week between Rio Rancho and Albuquerque Centers, has had his share of health issues these past few years but continues to thoroughly enjoy the sport he has now played for more than fifty years.

* The New Mexico High School bowling season gets underway Monday October 2 at Bowling Centers around the state with practice/training sessions after school weekdays and weekends prior the opening matches Saturday November 4 and 11 at Tenpins & More.

The local Center has already booked Rio Rancho, Cleveland, Volcano Vista, Sandia Prep, Cibola and Bernalillo High Schools, along with eligible eight graders to get expert coaching prior the imminent start-up.

* For more than two decades now, Rio Rancho league bowlers have been the most awarded competitive bowlers in the state, evidenced again last Saturday at the New Mexico USBC banquet.

Female Bowler of the Year was our Aileen Linares, while all these bowlers won their way through state- organized events, including Lucia Griego, Kira Vanderlip, Aiden Ruiz-Jimenez, Ayden Lopez, Karen Barcal, Haskell Lee, Gary Hadley, Carl Chavez, Michael Beach, Mike Avila, Brenda Hamilton, Shane Muller, Mia Medina, Alyssa Burks, Kylie Belnap, Phyllis Bustos, Kathy Leitch, Rebecca Sanchez, Adrienne Hare, Robin Prioleau, Michelle Dennison, Kelsey Kryjewski, Zach Harvey, Carson Opela, Jacob Gill, Lauren Jaramillo and Pete Sheridan.

The upcoming state tournament calendar was released. Senior is at Silva Lanes November, Pepsi Youth at Artesia in January and April, Women at Farmington in March and the Open State meet at Clovis in May.

Fifty members who passed during the year were honored and remembered including Tony Vigil who was a regular three-day-a-week league bowler at Tenpins & More.

September 5, 2023

From Tenpins & More

* It took a while but former stand-out youth bowler Andy Byer is back in the winner's circle, following a decisive victory in the Labor Day Scratch Match-Play tournament at Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho.

Byer, whose good form of late in league prompted him to bowl last month's New Mexico Open, during which he rolled a squad high game award of 243, also rolled a near-perfect 299 a week ago.

Monday, his 225 average in the finals was almost 13 pins a game higher than the next best 212.75 mark from fifth-placed Jacob Gill.

En route to the championship match Byer beat Justin Medina 267-225, Jeremiah Martin 183-159, Paul Yoder 257-215 and Aileen Linares 221-190.

Previous winner, Yoder, relegated to the loser's side of bracket play, then eliminated Brian Hare, also on the comeback trail, 176-173, Martin 225-181 and Linares 264-195 to reach the final against Byer.

Byer bowled six strikes, four spares and an error for 197, as Yoder, whose day-long average had so far been over 223, left five frames open - all splits - to close with 136.

Byer received $ 1,000, Yoder $ 500 from the $ 3,708 prize-fund, supported by Tenpins & More and new sponsor, T-Mobile.

Final placings:
1 Byer 225.0 average 5-0; 2 Yoder 211.1 5-2; 3 Linares 207.2 3-2; 4 Martin 203.5 4-2; 5 Gill 212.75 2-2; 6 Hare 202.2 3-2.

* A new tournament format is being unveiled this weekend at Tenpins & More.

It's called "Filling Frames", in which actual scores don't count but getting strikes and spares do, with each mark worth one point, for a maximum of ten points per game.

Squads will be held this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (September 8-10) in three different average categories for men and women.

* Calendar:
Fri 8-Sun 10: Filling Frames at various times
Sat 16: Paws & Stripes Bowlathon for Vets at 1 pm
Sun 17: Color Pin Cash at 9.30 am

AUGUST 29, 2023

From Tenpins & More

* An exciting finish in Monday's championship round match of the Scratch Doubles summer league at Tenpins & More resulted in only one and a half points separating the top four teams.

Tylor MacPhee utilized his two-handed release to average 215 for the season, assisted by league high average partner, Zach Harvey (227.8) to amass 44.5 points, going 1-1 in the final match over former Rams team-mates, Angel Ortega and Carson Opela.

They finished on 44 points, one point ahead of two teams tied for third on 43 points, being defending champions, J D Nance/Eric Vanderlip along with Robert Miera and Michelle Dennison.

High average for the women went to Dana Miller-Mackie at 220.2, while other women to enjoy a strong showing against the male-dominated field included Aileen Linares 211, Robin Prioleau 208 and Dennison 208.

Thirty members of the 46-bowler roster averaged above 200, many with career best marks. Those over 220 were Miera at 220 and Paul Yoder 223.

* Yoder's son, Levi had the highest average in the "Coffee Wars" league that finished last Thursday at 231, only four pins shy of his dad's 235 set more than 20 years ago.

Certainly, Levi is a "chip off the old block" father who runs a successful Pro-Shop inside Tenpins & More.

Many of these players are scheduled to bowl in this Labor Day weekend's Scratch Match-Play Series sponsored by T-Mobile, that offers $ 1,000 to the winner in Monday's final starting at 2 pm.

* Forty-eight bowlers will be attending the annual Draft meeting next Monday night. This will determine teams for the $ 30,000 league that kicks off September 11 at 6,45 pm.

Sixteen highest average folks will select their teams based on entering averages to create team equity, at least at season's start.

It is quite a good field overall with some new members joining including Louis Perrone, Eric Altenburg, Brian Bledsoe and Scott Wiley.

* Calendars:
Sat Sept 2-Mon Sept 4: Scratch Match-Play at various times
Fri Sept 8- Sun Sept 10: Filling Frames at various times

AUGUST 13, 2023

From Tenpins & More

* Dan Brenning of Albuquerque added his name to the entry list for this week's $ 70,000 New Mexico Open with a solid 1,398/6 in Sunday's qualifier in Rio Rancho.

Brenning, using a slower approach and ball speed, threw 239, 212, 266, 225, 224 and 232 to beat returning Andy Byer of Rio Rancho with 1,329.

Brenning was entry number 207, with the 19th annual meet exceeding 200 entries for the first time since 2016.

Seven previous winners are in the field, including defending champion, Cortez Schenck from Phoenix alongside bowlers from fifteen states as well as Canada and Mexico.

Notables include two-time US Open champion, Francois Lavoie of Kansas who has twice been runner-up here (2015 and 2021), Steven Novak of Kentucky and local pro, DeeRonn Booker.

There are fifteen women and two youth bowlers signed up. The highest place by a female was current US Women's Open winner, Bryanna Cote of Arizona who finished fifth some years ago.

* The Summer 9-pin No-Tap tournament produced seven new winners in finals at Tenpins & More last week.

Rusty Copeland had 1,602/6 to win Open from Phil Topping by eight pins with early leader, Lorenzo Rico third, three pins behind.

Phillip Corson, improving weekly in his summer leagues, fired 1,638 that included a 300, 298, 300 finish ahead of Rob Troxell 1,495 and Tony DeVargas 1,451 for Men's A.

Eric Ferdig finished strongly with 233, 274, 229 for 1,360 in Men's B, nineteen pins higher than Seth Muller with Mikey Guevarra third with 1,314.

Youth bowler, Keller King won Men's C with 1,242, well ahead of Gabrielle Copeland 1,105 and Benny Le Beau's 1,038 in third.

Becky Fisher overcame a slow start 185 adding 212, 256, 228, 239, 221 in winning Women's A on 1,341, followed by Donielle Waite 1,318 and Teresa Hope 1,282.

Shannon Lastyona closed with 257 and 246 to win Women's B running down early leader Vickie Moore second with 1,216 and Felecia Padilla third.

Soccoro's Teri Paterson ran away with the Women's C win closing with 276 for 1,183. Then came Andrea Valdez 1,102 and Cathy Torbett 1,028 in third.

* Calendar:
Fri 18-Sun 20: New Mexico Open (Watch live or on-line at
Sun 27: Color Pin Cash at 9.30 am; Rio Rancho Regional Chamber Bowlathon for Vets at 1 pm


July 30, 2023

From Tenpins & More

* Brian Skidmore ran away from the field Sunday at a qualifier for the August 18-20 New Mexico Open bowling tournament at Tenpins & More.

The nephew of Gary Skidmore, a successful touring professional, Skidmore opened his account with 300 and followed with 201, 254, 254, 279 and 236 for 1,524 at an average of 254 per game.

He beat house pro, Paul Yoder by 100 pins with Chris Trujillo third with 1,403.

Yoder also bowled 300, then 223, 207, 254, 225 and 215, while Trujillo shot 231, 276, 202, 243, 222 and 231 in a high-scoring affair.

Fourth went to Espanola's Darren Calvert, eight pins behind on 1,395, then Sam Pinge ten pins further back.

* Entries climbed to 155 as at July 30, with the addition of bowlers from Iowa, Colorado, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico this past week, including such luminaries as former US Open champion Robert Lawrence, former ABC Masters winner, Brett Wolfe, last year's fourth place finisher, Morgan Moore and metro area female "Bowler-of-the-Year", Robin Prioleau.

Pro-Am entries took a spike too with more than 110 local league bowlers signed to bowl alongside the stars on August 15, 16 and 18 in a 9-pin No-Tap event.


July 28, 2023


Sat July 29:
Hawaiian Bowling Luau Family Fun Day at 1 pm

Sun July 30:
NM Open Win-a-Spot or two Sweeper at 9 am

Thur Aug 3-Sun Aug 6:
Summer 9-pin No-Tap Finals

A record eleven 300 games were bowled in the past month at Tenpins & More, including a weekly record of five authored by Joe LaRosa and Carson Opela in the Scratch Match-Play tournament, Dana Miller-Mackie and Jon Arevalo in the Jim Chapman Trios on Wednesday and Levi Yoder the next night in a Coffee Wars league session.  For Miller-Mackie, it was her 81st perfect game, her first since the Covid-19 pandemic closure of almost a year. She followed up with 202, 247 and 235 for a 984 series. Arevalo added 268, 257 and 265 for a stellar 1,090 set.

It's likely to be quite a different story when the special "sport" lane condition is laid down for the $ 70,450 New Mexico Open from August 18-20, as there has been less than a handful of 300's bowled in the tournament's 18-year history.

The top four finalists, who will emerge from an expected starting field of more than 200 bowlers from across the US, Canada and Mexico, have a chance to win a new car from Pitre Kia should one roll twelve consecutive strikes in the championship round on Sunday August 20.

Entries as at July 23 were at 140, more than two dozen ahead at that date from any previous year. They include bowlers from thirteen different states, led by New Mexico at 49, then Colorado 26, Arizona 21 and Texas 16.  Eight previous winners as well as four prior runners-up are scheduled to appear.

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Two more bowlers won their way in to next month's New Mexico Open in a qualifier at Tenpins & More.  Antonio Lopez, who moved to Rio Rancho from El Paso a few years ago, returned to his best form, carding a six game series of 1,411, on games of 267, 227, 235, 234, 232 and 216 to beat early leader, Pete Sheridan by 37 pins.  Sheridan, who opened with 264, 234, 269, 223 dug a hole for himself in game five with 169, but recovered sufficiently with a closing 215 to finish one pin ahead of "super senior", Gary Hadley of Santa Fe on 1,374.  Former Cleveland Storm coach, Dennis Helmick was next 1,357, followed by Eric Vanderlip 1,348, Joseph Paterson of Soccoro 1,321 and Steve Shultz 1,320 in a high-scoring affair.

Meanwhile, entries are coming in from all over the US, including now fifteen states as well as Canada and Mexico.  Seven former champions are signed including defending champion, PBA Rookie-of-the-Year Cortez Schenck of Phoenix, along with PBA stand-out, Jakob Butturff and two-time US Open winner, Francois Lavoie of Wichita, Kansas.

Local hopes for a win are pinned on a growing number of area bowlers such as last year's runner-up J D Nance, Jacob Gill, Aileen Linares, Adrienne Hare, DeeRonn Booker and Brian Skidmore.

Tournament organizer, Steve Mackie expects a field of more than 200 that awards a record $ 70,450 prize-money in the tournament's 19th renewal, August 18-20 at Tenpins & More.

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July 10

Summer Masters finals were contested July 4 with two close finishes and one runaway in the three divisions at Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho.  Ryan Kern, following a recent family move here from Texas, included four 200 plus games in his series, with a finishing run of 243 and 217 to win the men's by 21 pins from local Benny LeBeau, who beat his entering average all but once.

Third went to diligent improver Trent Irwin, leader after four, who opened his tenth frame in each of the last two games to finish one pin behind LeBeau.

Perry Hampel was fourth followed by C J Valencia in fifth who closed with ten strikes in a row for the high score of the day at 288.

Only three pins separated the top two in the youth final, as Dylan Lopez used a 267 fourth game to eke out a win over Naomi Seiler with Lexi Belnap third a further 17 pins behind after she beat her entering average by 50 pins in two of her six games.

Robin Prioleau, the metro area's female Bowler-of-the-Year, was unbeatable Tuesday including two big games of 279 and 280 while averaging over 234.  It was more than enough to beat Socorro's Teri Paterson by 58 pins, with Native American league bowler, Lorraine Silva third a further seven pins behind.

Eleven of the 33 bowlers in the event split prize-money of more than $ 1,550.

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The accompanying Summer Games, held for the twelfth year, had many outstanding performances not higher though than Rio Rancho's Andrew Carver who led his team to a win with 263, 224 and 299 (786), assisted by Joe LaRosa 690, Josh Wilson 558 and Doug Wilson 423.  With handicap added, they beat the squad of Larry 571 and Paul Martinez 641, Dominic Huerta 536 and Gil Chavez 716 by 146 pins.  The Martinez brothers went on to capture men's doubles shooting 628 and 699 respectively, beating Perry Hampel and Robert Edwards by 34 pins, with father-and-son Marcus and Christopher Sanders next 24 pins away.

Mixed doubles titles went to Monica Redman 481 and Ward Stoffer 662 from Joe Radosevich 544 and Troian Donnachaidh 541.

Hampel opened with stellar 278 and 258 before closing with 196 for 732 to win men's singles with handicap adjusted 831, from Trent Irwin 776, David Burnett 750, Mike Lee 749, tournament newcomer Vince Likar 747 and Paul Martinez 720.

Redman won women's singles that included 201 for 728 from Paterson 717.

The winning youth team would have almost won the adult final, as Donald Gallegos 556, Shane Muller 540, Donovan Romero 610 and Derick Romero 668 put up a 2,926 number.  Gallegos teamed with Daniel Magee for the doubles crown then included 202 and 236 in youth singles win for a championship sweep.

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In older news...

July 21

John Espinda threw three big scores back-to-back to run down early leader Brian Skidmore at Tenpins & More last Saturday.  Espinda, after opening with 202 and 225, went on a strike spree, carding 259, 268, 258 then closed with 209 as Skidmore finished with 192 in a roll-off to win paid entry in to the $ 70,000 New Mexico Open at Tenpins & More from August 18-20.  Espinda's 1,421/6 gave him a 236.8 average, compared to Skidmore's 1,406 at 234.3.

Third place went to Eric Vanderlip with 1,356 followed by Jacob Gill 1,317, Aileen Linares 1,316 and Bob Eberle 1,312.

The next roll-off to win paid entries is on Sunday July 9 at 9 am.  In the meantime, the 12th Summer Center Championships run the next two weekends (June 23-25 and June 30-July 2, followed by the Summer Masters final on the morning of the 4th July.

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Story, results, stats from this year's tournament, Rio Rancho:

After finishing second twice, Francois Lavoie of Wichita added his name to the winner's list at last week's 19th New Mexico Open at Tenpins & More with a clutch tenth frame double for a 202-194 win over last year's runner-up, J D Nance of Rio Rancho.

Lavoie pocketed a tournament record $ 13,090 for his victory from the record $ 73,430 prize-fund.

Click here to read the full story on the New Mexico Open page.

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