Kegler's Corner: Mark Chabotte rolls perfect 300 game

We’ve got a new definition of going postal. Two weeks ago, postal staffer Randy Tumlinson posted a beautiful scratch 708 series to lead all league scores at Hood River’s Orchard Lanes. USPS’ main man Mark Chabotte was even better last week as he was nothing short of exceptional on the shiny lanes. The 51-year-old notched his first career perfect 300 game in the hot shot Wednesday night Fraternal league. He strung 12 straight strikes in his first game of the session and will receive a beautiful ring from the United States Bowling Congress to commemorate his outstanding achievement. All of us bowlers dream of rolling a perfect game — it’s the ultimate experience in competitive bowling. Mark is one heck of a bowler anyway, a solid 200 average shooter and his game is based on smooth control. Nevertheless, he admitted that he was very nervous in his 10th frame when he had to execute those last three shots to achieve the perfecto. He was definitely in the zone throughout the evening as he continued to pile up bunches of strikes, ending up with a gaudy scratch 741 series. Congratulations, Mark!

There were a hatful of solid performers last week. Ladies all-star Bernie Keys smacked the sticks around in the Lads & Lassies with a beautiful scratch 640 series that was 139 pins over her average. Ron Baumsteiger was a close second, topping his average by 138 pins in the Colts & Fillies. Robert Goddard found the range in the Tuesday Nite Mixed, beating his average by 134 sticks, and in the same session, young upcoming star Austin Dehart finished 128 pins over his average. Cy Cannon was 124 pins over his average in the Fraternal and the amazing Mark Chabotte finished 111 pins over his average. Great bowling everybody!

League reports:

Monday evening Industrial league: Randy Nieto, 655 series; Matt Hodges, 228 game; Randy Tumlinson, 228 game.

Tuesday morning ladies Workshirkers league: Bernie Keys, 210 game & 581 series; Nancy Asai, 204 game.

Tuesday Nite Mixed league: Patrick Olson, 268 game & 689 series; Ken Espersen, 666 series; Mary Finley, 210, 203 games and 607 series; Mike Parke, 259 game; Stuart Kawachi, 245 game; Carl Casey, 235 game.

Wednesday afternoon Senior Colts & Fillies league: Lynn Spellman, 257, 221 games and 634 series; Janet Harrington, 201 game and 493 series; Dave Baumsteiger, 222 game; Ron Baumsteiger, 209 game; Kim McCartney, 209 game; Len Hickman, 201 game

Wednesday night Fraternal league: Mark Chabotte, 300 game and 741 series; Jeremy Bloom, 248 game and 667 series; Jeff Brittle, 240 game and 656 series; Ciena Brittle, 546 series; Patrick Olson, 256 game; John Riggleman, 247 game; Cy Cannon, 244 game; Bryan Mason, 239 game; Jenna Hert, 201 game.

Thursday afternoon Senior Lads & Lassies league: Bernie Keys, 227,224 games and 640 series; Ed Busick, 532 series; Len Allen, 197 game.

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