Lishinski rolling into
former 10-pin form
By Jim Margueratt
March 14, 2007
Bill Lishinski has "joined the club" after returning to 10-pin
bowling after an absence of 10 years. Competing in the City Tenpin League
at Skyway Lanes, he rolled his first perfect game with the fifth 300 game
in the 105-year-old history of Canada's
oldest sanctioned league.
After a 233 first game, the 203 average
kegler ran off 12 consecutive strikes, including a perfect twelfth after a
so-so eleventh. A 181 third game gave him a 724 triple, his fourth 700 in
the last five weeks. In achieving the bowlers dream, Lishinski surpassed
his previous high game of 290. A few weeks previous he started with 10
strikes for a 287.
Last year in his first year returning to one of his passionate hobbies, he
averaged 183 to 193 in three leagues. This season he has improved to 196 to
204. His highest four game series is 1021 set 20 years ago. Lishinski's 300
was the first at Skyway this season. The other four perfect men were Dave
Clark, Dave Peacock, Mark Ward and Mike Ricker.
The Hamilton-born Lishinski had a very early interest in art as a child and
was influenced by his uncle, Bruce Emilson, a very successful artist in the
early 1970s. He has always been passionate about art, tenpin bowling and
snooker. He competed in the 2001 Canadian Snooker Championships and
finished in the top 16.
In July 2001 he retired his cue for a paintbrush. Many of his landscape and
abstract paintings are found in corporate or private collections as far
away as India.
He loves painting local scenes as evident by three of his works, Coote's Paradise,
Storm Over Flamborough and Dundas
and has been featured in the local media. By day he is a Union Energy
Service Technician where he has been for 20 years. Check out his website at
In other league action at Skyway, Nick Murphy, 18, fired triples of 728
(225,248,255) and 704. Mike Ellis tripped a 676, Tom Cowles had a 643 and
super singles were Mark Herchenroder (246), Jamie Gamble (241), Randy
Bukowski (236), and Vicki Creechan was plus 81 at 232.
At Hamilton Mountain Bowl, Chelsea King, 13, was plus 179 at 629
(200,197,232). Sam Gualtieri tripped a 974 (266), Corey Davies counted 921,
Steve Smith posted a 905 and Lishinski warmed up for his 300 with a
In Hamilton Tenpin Trivia, former Spectator bowling writers Dick Brett and
Bob Coulter both bowled in the City Tenpin League.