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October 2, 2013

Bowling: Johnson picks up where he left off

MEADVILLE — Troy Johnson is for real.

A couple years ago, Johnson’s bowling scores started appearing in my column ... more ... and more ... and more.

Last season, Johnson was a strong candidate for Cat’s Fab Five team, but was edged out.

Johnson must have felt snubbed.

The right-hander is making an early season strong statement by rolling a last-game 300 and  an 803 series in the Stewart’s Classic League at Lakeside Lanes.

His opening games were 235 and 268.

A week later, Johnson shined again in the Stewart’s Classic League with games of 259, 225 and 266 for a 750 total.

A righty Granda at Lakeside? It looks like Johnson might be on his way.

Establishment elites

Beginning this week, I will hightlight an individual from Cochranton Lanes, Lakeside Lanes, Lost Lanes and Plaza Lanes.

It will not necessarily be the highest series at that respective house — just worthy attention.

This week’s honorees...

Cochranton crusher — Zach Snyder. He tossed three 600s in two weeks. His best effort occurred in the Thursday Mixed League with 237 and 221 games for a 670 series. He also had a 616 in the Pioneer League and 614 in the TML.

Lakeside lumberjack — Doug Dunham. I wonder if Dunham played 7-0-2 in the daily lottery? In back-to-back weeks in the NFL League, the right-hander shot that number. He also had a 719 in the Wednesday Nighters League.

‘Lost’ ace — Greg Pentycofe. He was smokin’ hot in the Spa League with games of 278, 233 and 245 for a 756.

Plaza punisher — Trystan Rough. Remember this name! Jumping from a successful youth career at Plaza Lanes, Rough has already grabbed the attention of adult bowlers in the Commercial League. He threw 258 and 269 games for a 728.

Saulsbery, Benge sizzling

Dunham wasn’t the only multiple-700 roller.

Tim Saulsbery topped 700 twice at Lakeside Lanes with a 725 in the NFL League and a 290 game and 713 in the Wednesday Nighters League.

Rob Benge — who is fast emerging as a top-caliber shooter — showcased his skills at both Plaza Lanes and Lost Lanes.

The explosive right-hander rolled games of 258, 233 and 233 for a 714 in the Commercial League at PL and had a 280 game and 705 in the Spa League at LL.

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