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Bowler Johnnie Englehart enjoys an honorable night

Johnnie Englehart crushed a perfect game and an 800 series.
Johnnie Englehart crushed a perfect game and an 800 series.
Fred Eisenhammer

It was the opening week of the “River Maniacs’’ league Monday night at Canoga Park Bowl, but Johnnie Englehart was in midseason form.

Englehart blasted a 300 in his first game and for good measure, added a second honors score – an 800 series.

Englehart blistered games of 300, 267 and 245 for an 812 series.

It marked the 53rd sanctioned 300 and 62nd 800 series for the right-handed Englehart, a Canoga Park resident.

Englehart’s only scare in his first game came on his opening shot in the 10th frame. The pocket hit apparently left the 10 pin, but the six pin came in late to gently topple the 10.

“You usually get at least two [breaks],” said Englehart about bowling a perfect game. “That’s a pretty real number. I don’t care how good you are. You may be a little wide or scramble them . . . ’’

Engelhart, who will celebrate his 56th birthday next Monday, stretched his strike streak to 16 with four strikes to start his second game before leaving the 2-5 on his first shot in the fifth frame.

He finished his second game with nine strikes and two spares.

Englehart, who averages in the 240s, started the third game with four more strikes before sparing in the fifth frame. He nailed down his 800 series with his fourth strike in a row in the ninth frame of his final game.

It turned out it was a good thing too.

Uncharacteristically, Englehart missed the eight pin on his spare attempt in the 10th frame for his lone open of the night.

“Almost a clean 30,” said Englehart, shaking his head about his final shot.

Still, Englehart put on a dazzling show that attracted many of his fellow bowlers from all over the bowling center to watch.

Even Dwayne Hanna, who joined Englehart’s team less than three months ago, marveled at his teammate’s performance.

“This was awesome,” he said. “This was awesome.”