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Pahrump Nugget hosts Halloween event, welcomes Special Olympians

Alan Sanders Sr. rolled a 1,038 series on Oct. 31 to win the Pumpkin Pin Bash at the Pahrump Nugget Bowling Center.

Sanders topped a field of 59 to take home the $33 first prize, and the top 15 bowlers earned a cash prize, as did Joy Theus, who won the “smashed pumpkin” prize of $10 for finishing last. Half of each bowler’s $10 entry fee went into the prize fund.

Five other bowlers topped 1,000 for their series: Chuck Clark (1,021), Mary Williams (1,018), Teri Boisvert (1,018), Keith Baltutat (1,012) and Milan Vasquez (1,005).

The tournament was limited to 60 bowlers because of COVID-19 protocols, and each bowler had four games, dropping the “terrifyingly” lowest game in honor of Halloween. The event was an 8-pin no-tap tournament.

Twenty-four of the bowlers entered the Mystery Doubles tournament, which was won by Baltutat. His mystery partner was Vasquez, giving Balutat an 80-pin win over Jeff Huffman, whose mystery partner was Joseph De La Torre. Baltutat won $24 for the effort, the same as he pocketed for his fifth-place finish, and, as the results sheet said, “It’s up to the entrant if they want to share the winnings!”

One day later, the Nugget welcomed Special Olympics for the first bowling event since March. Fourteen Special Olympians bowled two games, and several officials also attended, including Harry Mong III, senior director, programs and partnerships for Special Olympics Nevada, and Bobbi-lee Ward, Nye County area director.

Ward presented Pahrump’s Joy Theus with an award for rookie coach of the year.

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