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Dickson makes it pay off with first 300 game

Two games to get zeroed in

November 1, 2011
The Mining Journal

Believe it or not, Keith Dickson won't even register in this week's Mining Journal Bowler of the Week race.

But he's got something much bigger to show for last week's Industrial League session at Superior Lanes in Marquette.

A 300 game, his first perfect game as a matter of fact.

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The 34-year-old Marquette resident needed two full games to get his game and his target line in order after starting with below-average games of 181 and 178.

He used his 15-pound Storm Anarchy and the fact that his team was bowling unopposed to get in a good rhythm for 12 strikes in a row.

I got to witness the last couple of frames, since my team was bowling right next to his in the league. Not having to wait for the opposition to finish each frame, his team actually completed three games just after most of the rest of us got in two games that night.

"It started hitting me after the first six or seven (strikes)," Dickson told me afterward. "It probably helped that we were going a little bit faster than we usually do."

But the 300 didn't come without a few tense moments.

"I pulled the seventh and eighth throws, and they came in a little high," he said about shots that started a bit left of target for this right-hander, meaning too close to the center of the lane. "Even the 11th one was a little high, but the 12th one I didn't think was going to carry, because I definitely pulled it inside."

Coming in a bit high means the ball settled more on the head pin than the perfect placement dead center between the head pin and 3-pin.

Though it's understandable, he did notice when the rest of the league started giving him a wide berth as he got closer to perfection.

"First, the lanes next to us wouldn't go up, then it was everybody stopped bowling when I was in the 10th (frame)," he said.

His old highest game is 279, and the most strikes he'd ever started a game with was nine.

"This is always been one of my goals, this and an 800 series," Dickson said. He added that his career high series is 723.

Because he already had a 203 average, Dickson's 659 series was only 50 pins over average, a far cry from BOW men's winner George Coiner, who was 146 pins over his 185 average in the Monday Northern Electric Automotive Industrial League at Country Lanes with 701.

Coiner shot 251, 214 and 236, and I can tell you, he was locked in that night. Why? He's my teammate.

And really, I didn't know if he'd be far enough over average after the +315 and +277 that's been posted the past two weeks.

In fact, the runner-up this week also came from the same league as Steve Blixt went 125 over his 168 average with 629.

I'm sure it's just a coincidence, but the biggest men's number from Superior Lanes matched the overall women's winner at +113.

Shooting that far over was 165 average Kathy Hill of the Thursday Coors Light League at Country as she hit 608 on games of 234, 199 and 175. League secretary Joleen North also informed me that Hill plays in the Class A division of the Iron Range Softball League.

Close behind was Kathy Parent of the Tuesday Mixed League at Superior, as she shot 109 over her 157 average with 580, which included a 210 game.

The other 113 over was actually a Northern Michigan University student in the Monday NMU class at Superior.

Kenneth Walther shot 428 with a 105 average. Even though it's a class, instructor Hope Virch treats it as a league, keeping track of scores and wins and losses and the like.

And considering what these students pay per credit hour, it's probably an expensive bowling league to boot, though Hope tells me she's definitely hands-on when it comes to teaching her students the fundamentals of the game.

By the way, I see that Steve Windahl of Ishpeming shot a near-perfect 299 game in a 740 series in the Wednesday Country Trio.

Steve Brownlee can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 246.



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