Castlegar mens and ladies bowling teams both captured gold at the 2011 National Classified Bowling Championships in Vancouver on the weekend.
In finishing first, both teams will advance to the national finals scheduled for May 28 and 29 in Kitchener and Guelph, Ont.
The provincial competition in Vancouver consisted of 11 teams in both the mens and ladies division bowling five-game total pinfall. The teams are each made up of five bowlers with one from each of five different average classifications.
Both teams moved into first after their first game and never gave up the led.
The ladies team made up of Shelly Stoushnow, Leasa Adams, Lisa Lesy, Lynn Smith and Tara Perepolkin finished with a five-games total pinfall of 5097. Finishing in second place was the team from Smithers Bowl, Smithers with a 4943 total, with Dell Lanes, Surrey finishing third at 4602. Lynn Smith and Leasa Adams finished with pinfall totals of 987 and 1090 respectively, placing them on the all-star team for their classification division.
On the mens team were Derek Handley, Brian Oliver, Travis Ready, Paul Fomenoff and Geoff Tellier. The mens team total was 5207,ahead of Port Coquitlam Bowl, Port Coquitlam at 4955 and Scottsdale Lanes, Surrey at 4942. Brian Oliver made the mens all star team in his average classification.
Both teams bowled extremley well with the mens team winning by 252 pins over the second-place finisher and they were the only team that threw a higher total than the Castlegar Ladies team.
/Submitted by Roland Handley, Castle Bowl