Flaming Pinheads bowl over the competition

The Flaming Pinheads were burning up the lanes at the start of the week. The bowling team finished the season in first place following the finals of the Men's Cash League at Mad Trapper Alleys in Riverdale on Monday.

The Flaming Pinheads were burning up the lanes at the start of the week.

The bowling team finished the season in first place following the finals of the Men’s Cash League at Mad Trapper Alleys in Riverdale on Monday.

“We had a good night,” said Pinheads captain Ernie Prokopchuk. “We had a strong second half (of the season). It took us a while to pull it together; a couple of us struggled through a good chunk of the first half. But things started to come together really well the second half.

“As a team, we’ve been strong for the last six weeks.”

The Flaming Pinheads won the five-pin roll offs (i.e. playoffs) with 2,675 points on Monday.

The Bowl Winkles, who won the first half of the league, placed second with 2,502 points. The Dynamos came third with 2,312.

The Pinheads finished the first of four games on Monday trailing the Bowl Winkles by over 100 points.

“We knew we could, but we weren’t sure we had it until the end,” said Prokopchuk, who had a high score of 248 in the roll offs.

“All of us had at least one game over 200 … we were focusing on the team total, not so much our individual scoring.

“When someone had a bad game, the other two had a good game, so we all covered for each other.”

Prokopchuk was joined on the team by Matthew Mendham and junior Cassy Ponsioen, who will be representing the Yukon at the Youth Canada Bowling National Championships this weekend in Vancouver.

The Flaming Pinheads’ win could be seen as a bit of an upset considering none of the players topped stats lists.

Dynamos’ Carl Carpentier had the season’s high single of 368 and the high average of 216. Bowl Winkles’ Kevin Murphy had the high four-game total of 1,028.

The Dynamos posted the high team single of 792 and the Bowl Winkles produced the high team four-game total of 2,737.

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