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Young athlete finds his bowling game — again

Bobby Read easily lost interest in bowling.

The Spring Hill native had bowled off and on in youth leagues, but eventually just gave it up after injuring his knee in basketball so much he needed surgery to repair torn cartilage of the patellar tendon.

"(My knee) was a big problem," Read said. "I pretty much gave up bowling after my knee and had surgery when I was 16."

But, as this 2006 Central grad moved on to Pasco-Hernando Community College, Read found some extra time.

"(Getting) back to bowling was just something for me to do," Read said. "I didn't think I was going to come in here and focus like this (in leagues). I thought to just do something recreational — to have fun, something to do.

"Now, it's a focus that I take serious — something I can take to the next level, turn pro one day."

Read has focused so much that he's now bowled three 300 games, including a recent one May 14. In youth leagues before, he bowled a measly 170 or 180. Since coming back and moving to the adult leagues Wednesday and Thursday evenings at Spring Hill Lanes on U.S. 19, Read bowls 216 and 223, respectively.

Did he expect to do this well upon his return?

"Not at all," Read said. "(At) 170-180 average, that's, well, average. I just couldn't get the big scores. I was always mediocre and the big score was once every blue moon.

"Now, I always get the big score."

Paintball: Team Mythral and Elite Paintball of Spring Hill are hosting the Gears of War: Last Stand on June 8, with a "defend humanity against extinction" theme. The fields are at 4644 Keysville Ave., and the event is limited to the first 100 applicants.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and is $25, plus the cost of paintballs. Battle briefing starts at 9 and the game is from to 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Proceeds will go to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, coordinated in Hernando County by the Marine Corps League, Spring Hill Detachment 708. For information, e-mail mythral@yahoo.com.

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Young athlete finds his bowling game — again 05/26/08 [Last modified: Monday, May 26, 2008 5:39pm]
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