CLINTON — Even with a smaller tournament this year, Clinton City Tournament was full of high scores and big moments for the bowlers involved.

If you just look at the Plaza Bowl Facebook page, you can tell that the staff had trouble keeping up with all the milestones hit by bowlers this past week.

“Entries were down, but we had a good turnout,” Clinton Bowling Association manager Dave Shepherd. “To see all the high scores and 300s was very exciting. It was just a very good event this year.”

Clinton bowlers rolled five perfect games throughout the tournament. Early in the week, Eileen Carlson bowled the first 300 game in Women’s City Tournament in the last decade. The ladies weren’t done as Petra Wilke nabbed her own perfect game on Saturday.

“It was pretty exciting. I was a little nervous but I calmed down and got it done,” Wilke said. This was the first 300 for Wilke. “It’s very nerve-wracking because you don’t think you’re going to get that far. When you get to that last ball you’re nervous, but it’s exciting.”

It’s those moments that the bowling community stop for.

“It gets very quiet when someone is up in the 10th, 11th, 12th frames. It’s very exciting, very exciting,” Shepherd said about the five perfect games. “It’s very uncommon to have that many, and to have two women do it that’s even more uncommon. The last time was in the nineties.”

There were high scores beyond the perfect games. Bowlers throughout the Plaza were talking about the Sweet Sixteen on the men’s side. Usually, if someone bowls anything over a 700 they would be likely to make it. This year, the cutoff for the Sweet Sixteen was 733.

“The scores have looked rather well,” Shepherd said. “It’s more competitive.”

The Sweet Sixteen for the men and the Terrific Twelve for the women will roll off on Feb. 17.

It’s always a good feeling to finish first at the city tournament, no matter the category. Becky Graves has been bowling in the Women’s City Tournament for over two decades, but this was her first time ever winning the team event.

“It was the first time I ever won a team event. It was fun,” Graves said. “We didn’t even know we had won it until I entered all the scores in the computer. I was the only one here, but I called everyone else and let them know. It was fun for all of us.”

Graves also puts together the tournament for the Clinton Bowling Association. She said she was impressed with all the scores this year.

“There’s always competition. The team numbers were down but the ones who bowled, bowled well,” Graves said. “We had some great scores. They saved it for tournament I think.”

Plus, the friendly competition is the best part. Even though they are competing against each other, the bowlers love to see the athletes in each and every lane bowl their best games.

“My favorite part is the camaraderie,” Shepherd said. “There’s a lot of people we know, but we wish each other the best of luck.”

2018 Women’s City Tournament

Team Results

1. EZE, LLC — 3,539

2. Barak’s — 3,510

3. Peterson Sanitary - Matinee — 3,497

4. Tank Gas Heroes — 3,423

5. Alley Cats - Matinee — 3,361

6. Slops — 3,352

7. Corner Deli — 3,309

8. Poison Balls — 3,299

9. Stitch N Stuff - Plazettes — 3,296

10. 5 Blind Mice — 3,283

Doubles

1. Amber Elkins/Becca Noone — 1,498

2. Shauna Hill/Pamela Shepherd—1,470

3. Nicki Petrillo/Donna Lawrence — 1,460

4. Becca Hake/Kay Hake — 1,455

5. Dawn Wright/Karen Peterson — 1,448

6. Amanda Loehndorf/Natalie Bennett — 1,441

7. On a Chaney/Eileen Carlson — 1,420

8. Laura Steffes/Tami Lampe — 1,415

9. Susan Kochler/Petra Wilke — 1,380

10. Dominique Kaufman/Jessica Palmer —1,353

Singles

1. Eileen Carlson — 819

2. Dawn Wright — 738

3. Petra Wilke — 737

4. Karen Peterson — 735

5. Pamela Shepherd — 728

6. Becca Hake — 722

6. Amanda Loehndorf — 722

8. Natalie Bennet — 709

9. Nicki Petrillo — 707

10. Alyssa Erling — 704

Terrific Twelve High (166 average and above)

1. Eileen Carlson

2. Donna Lawrence

3. Becca Noone

4. Petra Wilke

5. Cheryl Everson

6. Tami Lampe

7. Natalie Bennett

8. Erica Rodriguez

9. Amber Elkins

10. Karen Peterson

11. Pam Shepherd

12. Becky Graves

Terrific Twelve Low (165 average and below)

1. Kay Hake

2. Shauna Hill

3. Dawn Wright

4. Alyssa Erling

5. Margo Bousman

6. Christine Hartman

7. Kathy Konopka

8. Amanda Loehndorf

9. Bev Goodsman

10. Jolene Champion

11. Laura Steffes

12. Cindy Shadle

2018 Men’s City Tournament

Team Results

1. Lyons Tap - River Valley — 3,824

2. No Name — 3,777

3. Plaza Bowl #2 - Make Up — 3,753

4. Weets Racing - Sunday Mixed — 3,706

5. Winkel, Parker, & Foster - Twil — 3,669

6. Gateway Monogram — 3,666

7. H.A. Construction — 3,660

8. Plaza Pro Shop - Make Up — 3,652

9. Odd Balls - River Valley — 3, 619

10. Central Supply - Twilight — 3,636

Doubles

1. Nick Stolts/Johnathan Stolts — 1,561

2. Brennan Weets/Norman Weets — 1,554

3. Keith Schubert/Ryne Schubert — 1,549

4. Randy Galloway/Bradlee Kilgore — 1,530

5. Trevor Horst/Anthony Matroni — 1,516

6. Ernie Lilly/Michael Bland — 1,513

7. Jimmy Ebensberger/Adam Ebensberger — 1,509

8. Nathan Mohr/Mike Breeden — 1,508

9. Scott Houzenga/Chris Graves — 1,488

10. Randy Eizenga/Dennis Witt — 1,487

Singles

1. Zach Hudson — 850

2. Derik Leitzen — 823

3. Thomas Thiessen — 821

4. Bradlee Kilgore — 819

5. Dan Gifford — 812

6. Randy Eizenga — 810

7. Robert Brashaw — 807

8. A.D. Bailey — 805

8. Blake Dornbush — 805

10. Karl Greve — 791

Open Sweet Sixteen

Norm Weets — 791

Zach Hudson — 786

Mike Pelham — 781

Eddie Ruiz — 773

Johnathan Stolts — 763

Dan Gifford — 760

Doug Pennock — 759

Roger Dierks — 757

Chris Graves — 751

Anthony Motroni — 751

Austin Daniels — 746

Tom Thiessen — 745

Robert Brashaw — 743

Derik Leitzen — 739

Mike Breeden — 736

Nick Teachout — 733

Josh Luckritz — 733

Booster SweetSixteen

Jon Bennett — 627

Wayne Benson — 612

Richard Richmond — 603

Stephen Cruse — 600

Denny Ytsen — 599

Mark Smith — 597

Denny Stoddard — 596

Bill Frost — 594

Brian Ray — 589

Mark Deutscher — 589

Andrew Cruse — 574

Pete Byers — 569

Tony Jackson — 565

Gerry Lantz — 563

George Chaney — 560

Tom Thiessen Sr. — 554