Stephens, Craig top bowlers

August 11, 2012 

Kenny Stephens finished out the bowling season that ended July 31 with the highest men's average in the Lexington USBC. He had a 236 average in the Friday Night Fun League at Collins Bowling Center's Eastland.

Stephens holds the record for the most seasons with the men's high average — eight — in the Lexington USBC. Stephens first posted the season-high average during the 2001-02 season with a 239. He repeated the performance in 2003-04 (235), 2004-05 (236), 2005-06 (240), 2008-09 (236), 2009-10 (235) and 2010-11 (235).

His eighth title broke a tie with Lexington Bowling Hall of Famer Sid Florence, who had high average seven times between 1953 and 1966.

Two bowlers have led the city in average six times — Hall of Famers James Bradley and Mike Fairchild.

On the women's side, Melinda Craig finished with a 217 average in the 600 Club League at Eastland. That extends her streak to 16 seasons with the women's high average. Craig led from 1995-96 through 2006-07, and after falling short to Melanie Fairchild in 2007-08 she has held the top spot since.

The new season began on Aug. 1 and there are openings for bowlers at all area centers in all types of leagues.

Doug Bradley

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