In many sports, there is what is considered to be a perfect game. In baseball it is zeros across the board, in golf it is a score under 60 and in bowling, it is 12 strikes in a row.
This past week, at the Williamston Bowling Center, Donald Modlin accomplished that feat ... again. It was his fourth 300 game.
Modlin has been bowling for many years and was already a fixture in the local bowling scene when I came along in my teenage years. At 69 years old (70 in June), Modlin is still as involved in the bowling scene as he ever was, and is the manager of the bowling center in Williamston.
Still as competitive as ever Modlin bowls leagues in Williamston and Elizabeth City and also travels to tournaments.
Bigger than his bowling though, is the smile that is always on his face. Whenever he walks through the door, you know you will be laughing before the night is over.
Modlin had previously thrown perfect games at Western Branch in Chesapeake and two at Albemarle Lanes. The interesting thing is that his last 300 game was nearly 10 years ago, so you can imagine the excitement of this most recent accomplishment. His perfect game was the second of the season in Williamston.
I know that I often talk about Albemarle Lanes in the column because it is the local center, but if you are looking for a change of scenery, the Williamston Center has 16 lanes, computerized score keeping, well-kept lanes and Modlin’s smiling face.
The quick ride down US17 will be well worth it. Congrats again, Donald.
Monday Night Mixed
Denwood Williams returned to the form of old days, leading the league with his 235 game, followed by 222s from John Dooley and Len Riehle.
Theresa Woodie led the ladies with her 196 game, followed by a 192 from Stephanie Winslow and a 185 from Charlene Phillips.
Mark Tarkington led the league for a third week in a row, firing a 246/684 to close to within three pins of Joey Winslow for league-high average. Yours Truly had a rare decent week, following Mark with a 244/654 with Jeff Meads adding a 642 and Donald Modlin a 240.
On the ladies side, Kaytee Davis topped all again with a 221 game, followed by a 191 from Kristy Hall and a 176 from Kandis Riddick,
Nataya Harris set the pace with a 175 game. Kathleen Thomas rolled a 163 and Pam Walston 161.
Stella Miller rolled a 195 to lead all scores, followed by a 180 from Myrna Duncan and a179 from Bonnie Sawyer.
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The league was led by the Winslows, with Bobby tossing a 248/611 and Joey a 234/608 followed by a 228/605 from Devon Seitz.
Margaret Butts topped the ladies with her 187 game, trailed by a 149 from Patti Kreutzer and a 147 from Debbie Winslow.
Friday Night Mixed
Reginald Griffin had another stellar week with his league-high 234 game, followed by a 223 from Joel Sutton and a 191 from Rusty Tyler.
Patsy Sanders topped the ladies with her 161 game, nipping Brenda Hollowell by one pin. Vonner Horton had a 156.
Lee Owen is a bowler who lives in Elizabeth City