The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 21, 2013

Brian Holtzapple's bowling column: Perfect game not hard to roll this season

A perfect game is supposedly hard to roll. But that hasn't been the case so far this year.

Roughly a dozen 300s have been rolled since September, by both adult and junior bowlers alike.

In several occurrences lightning has struck twice for some lucky keglers, and you'll read about their successes in future columns.

Beginning it all was Mifflinburg's Matt Beaver. He had the year's first perfect game on Sept. 13 while competing in Best Bowl's Thursday Night Men's League.

The 300 was Beaver's 28th perfect game of his career, and as he's discovered throughout that time, there's no rhyme or reason as to when they happen during the league bowling season.

"You never know when it will happen. I've had some on the first nights of bowling and some at the end of the year. It only comes when you are rolling the ball good and making the right adjustments, along with a little luck," said Beaver, whose lucky number happens to be 13.

Up until this year Beaver coached the Mifflinburg High School bowling team along with his wife, Heidi, who actually had to step away from the program she helped rise to prominence a few years ago due to time constraints with her new job working at a veterinary office.

Matt Beaver finally decided to step away from the team before this year when other priorities began spreading his time too thin.

In addition to his busy day job as a supply chain manager at Heister House Millworks, Matt, along with Heidi, are program managers for Best Bowl's Junior Bowling Program as well as becoming new parents fairly recently.

So something had to give.

"It's not that we are not coaching any longer. I was torn as to what I should give priority to and I started burning myself out. I did not think it would be fair if I could not make the commitment (to the high school team)," he said.

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