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Bowler Hans Kostrzewski makes a name for himself in one fabulous night

Hans Kostrzewski blasted a 720 series.
Hans Kostrzewski blasted a 720 series.
Michelle Resnik

That was no typo.

Bowler Hans Kostrzewski really did blast a 720 series (195-256-269) Thursday night in the “Thirsty Nite Out” league at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills.

That’s not bad for someone averaging in the mid-180s, but that’s not the entire story.

The big story is that Kostrzewski accomplished his feat in his first full year of league bowling.

It also was the first time that Kostrzewski had cracked the 700 barrier – far exceeding his previous best of 644.

The 38-year-old Kostrzewski readily admits that he’s “been in sports all my life,” but he just took up bowling after taking a break from his 15-year involvement with golf.

“My daughter last summer made [bowling] a Thursday tradition and I bowled a 200 one night and I thought this could be ‘it.’ And that was with the house ball and rental shoes,” said Kostrzewski with a laugh.

So last year, he joined a league on Wednesdays at Woodlake Lanes and since then, he’s been persuaded by friends to join their league teams on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Kostrzewski has become a popular figure around the lanes and his many friends shared in the excitement over Kostrzewski’s smash performance.

“He’s a phenomenal bowler and a good friend,” said Geoff Gast, who has bowled twice on the same team as Kostrzewski on Tuesdays. “He never has a bad game.”

A modest Kostrzewski admitted he was stunned by his 720 series. “I didn’t sleep too well Thursday night. I was still in shock,” he said.

The right-handed Kostrzewski had two opens in his first game and none in the second and third games. He had nine straight strikes to end his final game.

Kostrzewski, an Oak Park resident and former high school tennis player, said he entered this season without any goals because “I didn’t know what I was going to do.”

Now he’s hoping to average from 190 to 200 over his three leagues.

He did express one misgiving after bowling so well on Thursday.

“I’m kind of kicking myself I hadn’t started earlier,” he said.