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Jon Matunas Earns Second Title


Jon Matunas won his 2nd title with a 189-176 victory over Shane Lavoie in a low scoring event at Lang's Bowlarama. Jon took home $1,300 plus a paid entry into the Brunswick Tournament of Champions and Shane won $800.

Entries: 156
Qualifiers: 40
Cuts: Cuts: 6PM 996, 9AM 1014, 12:30PM 1043, Senior 1104, SuperSenior/Woman 989, At-Large 1009
High Qualifier: Justin Warhol (1158)
Related File: NEBA Results 2015 05 Langs Matunas

Lane Pattern for Singles Event at Lang's Bowl-O-Rama


This coming weekend Lang's Bowl-O-Rama in Cranston, RI will be hosting a singles event on Saturday May 16th @ 6PM and Sunday May 17th @ 9AM, 12:30 PM with single game match play elimination to follow. The lane pattern for this event will be: Pattern Name: Mexico City Pattern Type: Sport Pattern Length: 45 feet Pattern Ratio: 2.5:1 Make your reservations early at

Related File: Mexico City Lane Pattern

Obituary & Services for George


A service is Thursday, May 21 at 3PM. Burial is Friday, May 22 at 10AM.

To anyone planning to attend the service for George: After the church service, the family is inviting friends to join them for dinner at a nearby restaurant. The family would like to know about how many of those George touched in the bowling world plan to have early dinner with them. Becky at NEBA, Rip at Bowlarama and Shawn at Apple Valley are going to be the contact between the family and bowlers. If you plan to stay after the service, please get let one of those three know so the family knows how many to tell the restaurant to setup for. You can contact Becky at or call/text 203-377-0161.

NEBA Family Loses Honorary Member George Chikar


It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that honorary NEBA member George Chikar died in a car accident. George, New Britain, CT, was known by everyone who bowled NEBA regularly and also many bowlers in the Greater Central Connecticut Bowling Association since, in addition to driving all around New England at 94 years old, he drove to different centers to watch leagues bowl weekly. He always had a smile on his face and enthusiastically shared words of encouragement plus some advice for all the bowlers. I/we are not sure how many years he drove to NEBA but I recall someone telling me about 20 years ago that George has been at every NEBA he could remember. When who should throw the ceremonial first ball at the 50th Anniversary event was discussed, it was agreed upon that of all the people in NEBA history, George should throw the first ball. He was worried about bowling while using a walker and went to local centers to practice a few shots the week leading up to it. The support of the over 200 people at the ceremony and roar of the crowd when he knocked down nine pins is something anyone there won’t forget. It was recently that he shared he was starting to feel like he was growing old with health ailments slowing him down. At the NEBA last April, I engaged in a long, non-bowling conversation in which he expressed his fears that the VA nurses wanted him to move into assisted living even though he lived by himself and took care of himself. Full knowing that elderly people often “lose their voice” in the healthcare and social system, I asked him if he had family to help communicate with the nurses. He smiled, grabbed my hand and said “Becky you are my family” then looked up and down the lanes and added “and so is everyone else here.” I hope George realized he meant as much to all of us, as we meant to him. One of the NEBA members created a Facebook page “RIP George Chikar”. Please like this page and add a post. I/we plan to share this with Brenda who called him every morning to make sure he was okay and also with his family. I hope this will let all of them know how much George positively affected the lives of bowlers in New England and that he will be missed. (Written by Becky Kregling, NEBA Secretary)

Related File: George's 1st Ball at 50th Anniversary

Todd Lathrop Champion


Todd Lathrop won his 7th title as the #1 seed with a convincing 258-202 victory over Alex Aguiar at the Open presented by DV8. The right-hander started the day by leading the 9AM squad with 1179. After a one round bye, he defeated Gary Haines 235-179, Rob Gotterbarn 224-188, Alex Cavagnaro 201-191, Darrin Borges 226-199 and Alex Aguiar 258-202. Todd won $1,600 plus a paid entry into the Brunswick Tournament of Champions while Alex took home $1,000 for his runner-up finish. Thank you to, NEBA's longest sponsor, for adding $1,000 to this event, $1,500 to the annual awards and their continued support over the years.

Entries: 177
Qualifiers: 40
Cuts: 6PM(964), 9AM(1010), 12:30PM(1032), Sr(1071), SSr/W(994), At-Large(1008)
High Qualifier: Todd Lathrop (1179)
Related File: NEBA Results 2015 04 Lathrop

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