Every week there seems to be another perfect game for the record book or another series just shy of that elusive 800 series. This week has given us both of those.
Dustin Robinson shot a perfect game on Monday night in the TNT league at Cooper’s Sport Bowl. This was Robinson’s second taste of perfection within the last year. Premonition it may have been, as Robinson had told his brother earlier in the day that, “tonight I’m going to bowl a 300.” If only we could all say it and then execute it.
Last Tuesday in the Charlie Cooper Memorial League, Chris Gentry missed the first 800 series of the season by a single mark. Gentry shot games of 279, 257 and 253 for a 789 series.
Another perfect game was shot earlier this season by Barry Ellis at Norwood Bowl in Alexandria. I only recently became aware of this but wanted to give Ellis the recognition deserving of this feat. Not only did Ellis achieve perfection, but he did it on his 60th birthday surrounded by family and friends.
Ellis was enjoying his birthday evening so much visiting with all his well-wishers that he hadn’t noticed how many strikes in a row he had scored. When a friend mentioned that Ellis was about to achieve perfection, it was only then that he stopped and realized just how close he was. And then he followed it through and wrapped it up all in a bow for a birthday present to himself.
This weekend is full of bowling events for our youth bowlers. Starting today, the high school bowling teams will split houses with the boys traveling to Wells Lanes in Elwood. The girls are located in Alexandria at Norwood. Both start times are 5 p.m.
On Saturday morning, Cooper’s Sport Bowl finishes out the first session of youth bowling with the second and final round of its annual Youth Scholarship Tournament.
Saturday evening brings the junior varsity to Wells Lanes in Elwood with a 5 start time.
Sunday finishes up the weekend with the monthly TKO tournament being hosted by Rose Bowl in New Castle.
It looks like this will be a busy weekend with lots of bowling for this writer. Lots of traveling and trying to stay warm, although most bowling centers tend to be on the warm side with lots of people in a small amount of space.
The holidays are among us and there is little time left to finish up that Christmas shopping. Don’t forget all of those bowling accessories. Your local pro shop carries anything and everything that you could ever want for that perfect gift. If it is not in stock, there is still time to order in time to be delivered for under the tree.
There are some big events approaching in the month of January. I will have a listing for you next week so that you can mark your calendar for these must see bowling events.