HOWARD HITS 800 IN LATE SEASON RUSH (Al Pote's final regular H & R article)
By Al Pote: For April 6, 2010

Jason Howard earned his second award score of the season and his second career 800 as Decatur bowling leagues entered the final month of competition.

Howard, 35, fired games of 248, 278 and 289 for an 815 series on March 26 in Spare Time's Strikers League, complementing a 300 from February and eclipsing his 810 from last April. Howard is the owner of five additional perfect games.

"The 800 was harder, just like everyone tells you," Howard said. "I can't believe that in my two 800's, I never shot 300."

Howard made another run at glory the following Friday, starting with 247 and 287, but the tank went empty in game three, and Jason ended the night with a 716 set.

Two Decatur Hall of Famers nabbed award scores as March concluded. Bennie Holman shot 300 on the 29th in the N & W Fellowship League, while Gary Palas rolled an 813 set in the E-Z Time League.

Three future Hall candidates also added 300 games to their resumes, Dan Floyd (March 26, Cavalier Classic), Bruce Drake (March 30, Miller Lite), and Adam Deetz (April 2, Cavalier Classic). Honorable mention status was earned by Mark Reynolds with a 299 in E-Z Time.

Among the ladies, Cynthia Howell and Trinity Bush posted All-City numbers of their own, with Howell registering a 716 series in the Miller Lite loop, and Bush contributing a 279 and 704 in the Friday Night Fever League.

Fellow all-star team member Amber Bickers outscored her more experienced compatriots with a 743 series on March 21 in the Cream & Sugar League.

DECATUR DEFEATS SPRINGFIELD: James Box ran his seasonal perfect game total to 18 on Thursday, and he needed every pin. In the fourth game of a match against Keith Hillin in the All-Star League at King Pin, Box struck out to beat Hillin, 300 to 299. Box ended the night with a 1072.

Qualifying in the second spot after six games, Gabe Howell blasted a 288 in the semifinal and then ran out the last seven strikes to win the Rick Thomas Memorial Tournament on Saturday at King Pin. Howell defeated top seed Bob Cole in the title match.

In the same tournament, part-time Decatur competitor and Assumption resident Karl Burdick had a string of 28 consecutive strikes, which enveloped a 300 and a 289.

NOTE: This is the final weekly bowling article of the 2009-2010 season, and with this contribution, I have decided to conclude my 23-year affiliation with the Decatur Herald & Review. I have drastically reduced my participation in the sport and can no longer provide the accurate and timely information that Decatur bowlers deserve.

It is my hope that my official decision to step down will remove any barriers, real or imagined, from someone, male or female, who is anxious to step up and take my place as the local bowling correspondent.

Bowlers who witness or make bowling news are encouraged to contact the Herald & Review by using the website or calling 421-6979. Informants are asked to be prepared and accurately write down all pertinent information before making calls.

On behalf of literally thousands of Decatur athletes and hundreds of past and present Herald & Review employees, it has been my pleasure to serve as your volunteer bowling journalist, and I thank each and every one of you. - Al Pote

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Team Handicap

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Team Scratch

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Doubles Handicap

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Singles Handicap

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Team Scratch

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Doubles Handicap

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Singles Handicap

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Singles Scratch

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All Events Handicap

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All Events Scratch

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