Perfect game as good as Gould



When a perfect game is bowled in a church league, what follows?
The lanes separate to allow the bowler safe passage to the parking lot?
It rains for 40 days and 40 nights?
The bowler turns to stone?
To the contrary, it was none of the above when Edward Gould stepped on the lanes at Camelot on Jan. 2 for the 6:30 p.m. session of the Original Church League.
After his first 300, the North Lima resident received the customary congratulatory handshakes, but he was also puzzled.
It was his first night back after having his ball scratched in lane machinery in December.
Was struggling
"I was struggling and my average kept dropping," the 67-year-old Gould said.
"I didn't know what was wrong. Then my ball got caught in the lanes and got scratched. Jeff [Bertolette] in the pro shop fixed it -- sanded it, or whatever they do, then polished it and it looked like brand new. That was the first game after he gave it back. Everybody wants to know what polish he used."
After the 300, Gould had 224 and 250 and 29 straight strikes.
"I've never done that," he said, pointing out that a 266 before Christmas was an anomaly in the weeks during which his average slipped to 175.
"I was having problems," said Gould, who resumed league bowling just two years ago after a very long absence from the lanes.
"I haven't bowled since the mid-70s," Gould said, explaining that his son, Vincent, lured him back.
They were on the same Greenford Church team the night of his 300.
Two days after the perfect game, Edward Gould rolled a 700 set at Wedgewood Lanes.
"I've been struggling to get 600, then I throw two 700s in a row."
The Original Church's last perfect game was two years ago by Kim Haase.
Smolko has 803
While subbing in Holiday Variety Mixed, Bob Smolko fired 299-803 on Jan. 6.
The night also included a 708 by Sandy Wiscott.
It was the first of four straight nights on the lanes for Smolko, who, subsequently, fulfilled his obligation to three other regular leagues at Holiday, Camelot and West Side.
"I only subbed on Saturdays seven or eight time this entire season," said the 25-year-old Smolko, who has eleven 800s total.
Jack White had 800 in Max Belchyk Classic on Dec. 14, while Bob Eisenbraun Sr. was two pins behind (798) and Frank Corso seven pins back (793).
Paula Pecorelli had 300-787 in Wedgewood Ladies Trio on Jan. 2, but it didn't top Linda Plume's 789 for three that night.
Plume was also highest overall with 996, followed by Teri Haefke's (731)-995.
Mary Berquist also had a good night with 290-(707).
Dave Mulholland literally started his new year with a 300 in Doughton Businessmen at Bell-Wick on Jan. 3.
Mulholland followed with 234 and 183 for 717.
Eric Hazlett rolled 300-199-213 -- 712 in Tri-County Classic at Holiday on Dec. 19, Jay Kelley had 300 in Wednesday Men at Holiday on Dec. 21 and Chris Colaizzi was perfect in Charlie's Service/R.J. Trucking at Holiday on Dec. 19.
Holiday team champion
On Dec. 28, Bob Eckenrode Jr. had 300 in Max Belchyk Classic of which the Holiday Bowl Lounge team of Deno Frazzini, Marco Laurenza, Harry Bukovinsky, Jeff Bertolette, Ron Jones and Al Torres was first-half champ.
Al Barnette's 300 was rolled in G.E. Mixed on Dec. 18 at Wedgewood, where Jim Sharnek had games of 180, 181, 182 -- but not in ascending order -- in Tuesday Senior Men on Jan. 2.
Also at Wedgewood, Wally Wasilewski had 300 in Thursday Night Sportsman.
Kansas City Head Bangers won Howgren Heating & amp; Cooling's second quarter at Holiday.
bassetti@vindy.com

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