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Bowler Noel Petok keeps his touch in the ‘Aloha State’

Notel Petok smashed a 173 game in Hawaii.
Notel Petok smashed a 173 game in Hawaii.
Noel Petok

The photo pretty much told the story, but Noel Petok of West Hills said it emphatically anyway in his email.

“I LOVE BOWLING,” he said.

Noel showed his dedication to the sport by lugging his bowling equipment – including his 13-pound ball – all the way to Kauai, Hawaii, during his eight-day family trip. Noel didn’t want to part from his equipment for a minute; he carried it on with him.

Noel is one of the top up-and-coming young bowlers in the San Fernando Valley with just a year of league bowling under his belt.

He survived the dilapidated conditions of Kauai Bowl to scorch a 173 in his second and final game. He opened with a 135.

“The lanes weren’t that great,” said Noel, who is averaging 150 during his summer league season with a 252 high at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills, “and they had an extremely old electronic scoring system.”

Noel, 34, got home close to midnight Tuesday and he was back at work on Wednesday morning.

Although he missed Tuesday’s “Guys and Dolls” league action at Woodlake Lanes, he’ll be back next week to bowl with his close-knit teammates Christy Fentress, Hans Kostrzewski and Jeff Stitz. His team is one of the strong contenders for the league title.

Asked whether, he would take his bowling ball along the next time he would vacation in Hawaii, Noel answered affirmatively.

“It was hard to schlep, but I’m sure I would [take it again],” Noel said.