---- — If you happened to see the area bowling results that were printed in Sunday's paper, you may have noticed Middleburg's Aaron Roush recently rolled his third perfect game this season.
The soon-to-be 38-year-old got No. 3 on Jan. 31. Roush's first two perfect games were thrown on Oct. 18 and Dec. 6.
Rolling three perfect games in one season is a major accomplishment, but Roush has done it twice as a matter of fact.
"It's been a pretty good year. I had three perfect games last year -- two at Best Bowl and one at Strike Zone," said Roush. "I was pretty surprised and happy (with a third 300 this year).
With his latest 300, Roush broke a tie he held with his older brother, Wayne, in career perfect games by rolling his 11th.
Even though the Roush brothers may be competitive on the lanes, Aaron stops short of calling it a sibling rivalry.
"My older brother and I were tied at 10 perfect games and I passed him. It's not really a sibling rivalry; we're happy for each other," said Aaron. "Wayne is always the first one in line to congratulate me when I come off the lanes (after rolling a 300)."
Without the benefit of a high school team to compete for during his early years, Aaron Roush honed the skills he inherited from his father in Best Bowl's YABA program on Saturdays before he joined a men's league during his junior year of high school.
"We get (our bowling expertise) from our dad, Larry. He passed away when I was young, but he got us started in bowling," said Aaron.
What makes Aaron Roush's feat even more impressive is that prior to the 2011-12 league season, he had not bowled for quite some time due to his job.
"I bowled for six years and then I took time off until last year. I had a second-shift job and it didn't work out too well for leagues," he said.
But all it took for Roush to get back into form was a little coaching by a successful teammate and a little adjustment to his release.
"I bowl with Skip Bryner; he's thrown a number of 300s and he's coached me," said Roush. "Going back I took my hand off to the side of the ball a little bit and it turned in for me."
The feeling of rolling a perfect game never gets old for Roush.
"It's still pretty exciting. When it's not exciting for you anymore, it's time to quit," he said.
ONTO REGIONALS: The Heartland Athletic Conference regular season has all but ended for local high school bowling teams, and that means the Valley's representatives for the Eastern PA Regional Tournament have been set.
On the boys side, Shikellamy (22-6), Milton (22-6), Central Columbia (18-10) and Selinsgrove (15-13) advance to the postseason. The girls team qualifiers are Milton (25-3), Midd-West (17-11), Shikellamy (16-12) and Selinsgrove (16-12).
A fifth team could be in the girls mix as Danville and Lewisburg, the conference's fifth- and sixth-place teams, still have to face each other. A sweep over the Green Dragons would give the Ironmen a 16-12 record. The match between Danville and Lewisburg is scheduled for Thursday.
However, the top 16 individual regional qualifiers for boys and girls are still up in the air pending the completion of the aforementioned match.
The Eastern PA Regional Championship Tournament is slated for March 1-2 at Berks Lanes in Sinking Spring and at Hiesters Lanes in Reading.
Until next time, stay out of the gutters.
n Brian Holtzapple is a correspondent who covers bowling for The Daily Item. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.