County bowlers continued to outdo each other over the past two weeks. Only days after Jimmy Hearlbecame the fourth county bowler to achieve two perfect games on the season last week, Walter Dry tossed his third 300 game to set a new standard for excellence.
Earlier this season when Dry threw his first 300 of the year, it also marked the first 300 of his career. Months later, Dry has three such games in his bag, a feat no one else on the local scene has accomplished.
Hearl's 300 came on a night when his Gator High Rollers league team, Capital City Bank, took over first place for the first time this year. His series was good enough to lead his team to a much needed win. He started slowly, with a 168 in the first game, but his Game 2 300 easily put the veteran bowler back on track.
Dry also had a slow start the night he threw perfect game No. 3. He began the evening with a sub-200 performance before the county-leading effort.
Even with those two going back and forth, there were three other perfect games in the past two weeks - all at Spring Hill Lanes. For each bowler it was their first such game of the season, but experience levels definitely vary.
Adam Butters bowled his first perfect game during last week's TGIF league while Clint Bullockbowled his eighth career 300 Thursday during the Wednesday Mixed league. Jimmy Riveirotossed his own 10 frames of perfection in the Gator High Rollers league two weeks ago.
TWIN VALENTINE TOURNAMENTS: Mariner and Spring Hill Lanes held Valentine's Day Doubles tournaments to commemorate the holiday of love.
At Spring Hill, the duo of Jeanette and Aaron Lede captured the Valentine's Scotch Doubles crown thanks a consistent four-game effort. On their way to leading the 47-team field, they finished with a 888 handicap total and took home first prize of $185. Javier and Linette Sanchez were the runnerups, only falling by four pins to the victors (884 series). The Sanchezes won $110 for their efforts.
Mariner's Sweetheart Scotch Doubles Tournament had 34 participants, and the couple of Karen Martin and Marc Procopio won with a five-game handicap series of 961. Martin and Procopio split $100 after the tournament.
Three other partnerships fell a little farther behind the Mariner winners. Theresa and Scott Darkes(925), Heather and Ryan Herzek(917) and Trudy Kelly and Bill Doeling (908) finished second, third and fourth, respectively.