An 811 series by Gordon Staley and a perfect game by Dave Jodoin, both at Bowland Port Charlotte, are the top performances in this weekend's Examiner.com report of high-scoring accomplishments at bowling centers in the Sarasota-Manatee-Charlotte County area.
An injured wrist and 38 years away from the game didn't prevent Staley from blasting 800-plus series on back-to-back days, although the first one wasn't in USBC-certified competition.
On Wednesday, the 65-year-old righthander fired a perfect game -- followed by 280 and 223 for an 803 series -- in a senior colored-pin event at Bowland, but the 811 series on Thursday was his first-ever certified 800-plus set.
Bowling in the RG Strikeline Seniors Mixed League, Staley opened his first game with a solid 10-pin before unloading 11 consecutive strikes to finish with 290. Then, after a middle-game 223, he began Game 3 with 11 straight strikes before a high final ball resulted in a 4-7 leave, forcing him to settle for a 298 game.
The 811 series followed a 635 opening-week start to the fall-winter season, giving Staley a six-game average of 241, as compared to a yearbook average of 199 for the 2013-14 season.
"I feel blessed to bowl back-to-back 800s, even though the first wasn't sanctioned," Staley said. "I injured my wrist about six weeks ago, and my doctor insisted that I wear a wrist brace when I bowl, in order to help the healing process.
"I tried (a brace) a couple of years ago, but I didn't care for it, but I made up my mind to hang in there with it this time, and it has made a huge improvement in my game. I used to bowl collegiately, but then, I left the game for 38 years before resuming it four years ago, when my wife and I moved to Florida."
Jodoin's perfect game came as part of a four-game 980 series in the Wednesday Men's Trio League at Bowland. His scores were 184, 300, 247 and 249, leaving him with an average of 226.
Whereas there was virtually nothing reported from the Sarasota and Manatee centers this week, there were plenty of notable accomplishments from Charlotte County.
Glenn Hester pounded out a 299 game in the middle game of a 680 series in the Friday Funtimers League at Treasure Lanes, and Jon Cuebas had 10 consecutive strikes en route to a 280 game as part of a four-game 837 series in the Wednesday Men's Trio at Bowland.
Bowling in the Thursday Night Earlybirds League at Treasure Lanes, Joe Tocco posted a 143-over-average 752 series on games of 279, 279 and 194.
The top female performance was turned in by Alexses Fry, who opened the season in the Adam & Eve Mixed League at Bowland with a 705 series on scores of 243, 239 and 223. Other reported scores included:
- BOWLAND PORT CHARLOTTE: Brian Price 268-720, Wendell Van Gaasbeck 268-945 (4), Matt Carter 268, Gary Krowka 268, Mike Janosik 266-1,013 (4), Bill Grey 712, Billy Seymour 979 (4), Daniel Gassera 930 (4), Eric Nordstrom 915 (4), Dave Jodoin 907 (4); Roseana Gassera 235, Esther Nadel 233, Shari Smith 230, Jodi Suares 641 and 615.
- TREASURE LANES: John Davis 279, Charles Roame 266-784; Deb Lugiewicz 233, Michelle Gaudette 231, Jennifer Peacock 227.
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