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Oh, there’s another reason to bowl in leagues

Noel Petok crushed a 232 game during the summer.
Noel Petok crushed a 232 game during the summer.
Fred Eisenhammer

This story originally ran Nov. 17, 2013, and is being updated with a postscript.

After citing Bowling’s 10 reasons to bowl in leagues, it’s apparent there was a reason left out.

Noel Petok, one of the fastest-rising bowling standouts in the Los Angeles area, recognized that omission Saturday while he was bowling a couple of practice games.

The 33-year-old Petok has been demolishing his series personal best virtually every week in his first season of bowling in adult leagues. A few days ago, the right-handed Petok smoked a 530 series (196, 182, 152) to improve his best by 12 pins.

He also has been promoted to anchor (last person to bowl) on his team, which includes Geoff Gast, Jason Sheriff and Karen Beeler.

The West Hills resident then went out and tried to sharpen his skills with a pair of friends on Saturday night at an L.A. bowling center – and found himself in the middle of a session of cosmic bowling with dimmed lights and loud hip music.

A 155-average bowler, Petok barely mustered a 140 average during his two games and muttered in an email: “Tonight was a reminder why I HATE COSMIC bowling.”

Thus, Petok articulated Reason No. 11 for bowling in leagues: This is one way to avoid cosmic bowling.

This isn’t to say that cosmic bowling isn’t the darling of the dating set or the bowling establishment, which finds that this “cool” atmosphere is a magnet for many people.

But for the serious bowler, cosmic bowling is not a fan favorite.

Footnote: Petok has an acting background that generated a considerable following during his role on the television comedy “The Office.” It’s a tribute to Petok’s modesty and private nature that even many of his close friends aren’t aware of his credits.

According to Wikipedia, Petok is “best known for his role as Troy, the friend and co-worker of character Ryan Howard on the NBC sitcom ‘The Office.’ Troy is teased by Dwight Schrute about being a hobbit.

“Noel also works behind the scenes in reality television and film. The character of Troy has appeared in five episodes of ‘The Office.’ ”

Petok’s appearances in “The Office” are absolutely laugh-out-loud funny. Those who have seen those episodes are well-aware of that fact.

Postscript: Noel’s sizzling bowling has not been fizzling. In his summer league, Noel blistered a career-best 232 game, finishing with six strikes. He’s also raised his series high to a 575.

“I feel like there’s room to improve,” says Noel, who is averaging 162 and has set his sights on a 240 game and 600 series.

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