“Are you ready to write another story?”
So said bowler Sharon Blount Tuesday night as she turned to a reporter who spotted what she faced on her spare attempt.
It was once again the 7-10 railroad split.
Blount, a Valley Village resident, made local headlines the previous week by converting the nearly-impossible 7-10 split during league play at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills.
It was the second time within a week that a woman bowler from Woodlake Lanes had chopped down the 7-10 split, triggering this comment from bowling expert Mike Weekley: “The planets must have been aligned. For two women to pull it off within seven days is amazing. It’s awesome.”
Gayle Aron of Agoura Hills performed the feat first in the “Guys and Dolls” league when she smacked the seven pin and it rebounded off the back and off the 10 pin. The following week in the “Viva Las Vegas” league, Blount had her turn in the sun, clipping the seven pin and sending it sliding across the lane and upending the 10.
So on Tuesday night, the right-handed Blount faced another 7-10 and this time she directed her shot at the 10 pin.
The ball sped right at the 10 pin on a line and knocked it down easily. But there was no deflection this time and the seven pin stood tall and remained on the lane.
Blount didn’t seem particularly disappointed that she couldn’t make the 7-10 twice in a row – which most likely would have been a first for any bowler – pro or amateur.
Asked why she didn’t try the same approach as the first time – going at the seven pin, Blount said, “Since it worked [once], I thought I’d try something else.
“But no thanks.”
Blount, her team’s anchor, still had much to celebrate. Her team, which included Skip De Young, Tom Dietterich and Dawn Kirk-Alexander, swept all three games from its opponent.
And then there’s always next week for Sharon Blount to go for yet another 7-10 split.