Amazingly, Gassera -- a 17-year-old righthander from Port Charlotte -- now has a perfect-game total (17) that matches his age after capping an 844 series with a 300 game in the Friday Night Mixed League.
Gassera, who carried a 2012-13 yearbook average of 230, opened the set with scores of 279 and 265 before unloading a perfect game, and he finished the night with 18 consecutive strikes.
The young phenom's only non-strikes came when he left the 7-pin standing in his first two frames of the opening game, and in Game 2, when he left and converted the 3-6-9-10 spare combination in the fifth frame and a conversion of the 10-pin in the sixth frame.
"I just picked up an old ball (Track 300C) off the floor and just bowled good," Gassera said, modestly. "I did get burned in the first two frames of the night with those two 7-pins. They were both swishing pocket hits with pins flying everywhere, but they didn't carry."
The 844 series was Gassera's sixth career 800-plus effort, and it bested his previous high, an 818 rolled in 2011 at Bowland.
With an opening-night average of 281, what can he do for an encore?
To view the Friday Night Mixed League standings sheet, click here.
Paige remains on hot early-season pace
Mickeal Paige continues to establish herself as one of the finest female bowlers in the area, and after an opening-night 708 series in the Thursday Night Mixed League at Bowland, she followed this week with a 663 on games of 198, 228 and 237, leaving her two-week average at 228.
Paige, who moved to Rotonda from Virginia four years ago, carried a 194 average in a North Fort Myers league last year and a 200 the previous season at Bowland.
"I have no idea why I've had such good early-season success," said Paige, whose high lifetime series was a 782 shot in Virginia. "I haven't picked up my ball since last season."
Her other accomplishments include a perfect game in 2010 and a 290 game in 2012, both at Bowland.
Pierce also reaches perfection at Bowland
Marty Pierce was another bowler with success at Bowland, as he pounded out a perfect game to cap a 681 series in the Friday Night Mixed League. He joined the league with an entering average of 172.
In other high-score reports from area bowling establishments:
- BOWLAND PORT CHARLOTTE: Joe Poirier 280, Bob Frisby 278, Don Baldwin 276-712, Steve Spicher 270, Craig Nichols 268-738, Gary Krowka 268, Ricky Wisenbarger 268, Tim McDonald 266, Eric Hill 265-716, Jim Ulrich 703, Tom Rea 702, Al Jozwiak 702; Ona Wood 613.
- AMF GULF GATE: Chase Clark 275, Jeff Swalby 269, David Garber 265, Tom Humphreys 705; Ann Jenkins 245-606, Cindy Grich 226, Beth Owen-Cipielewski 604.
- TREASURE LANES: Mike Janosik 280-746, Tim Thompson 278-734, Rob Warner 269, Chad Norton 734, Scott Long 729; Renae Gross 257-660, Jennifer Peacock 228-635.
- AMF BRADENTON: Brad Taylor 265-744, Tony Cinelli 770, Shaun Hackman 745, Jon Barfield 730, Ed Slusser 729, Jason Martini 706; Paula Wenzel 257, Barb Ripley 613.
- AMF VENICE: Gary Janes 279, Terry Cline 278, Dennis Johnson 266, Alan Anderson 707.
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