Meadville Tribune

December 11, 2013

Don Granda Jr. in search of elusive 100

By Jim Hunter
Meadville Tribune

— Can Don Granda Jr. reach 100? That is the question circulating through the local bowling waves as Granda Jr. once again demonstrated his greatness with two 300 games in a six-day span at Lakeside Lanes.

On Dec. 4, Granda Jr. — aka Mr. 300 — rolled games of 300, 280 and 211 for a 791 in the Wednesday Nighters League.

Then, last Monday in the Stewart’s Classic League at LL, the left-handed legend opened again with a perfect game and followed with two 235 games for a 770.

The amazing Granda Jr. now has 81 career 300 games. Is the magical number 100 in his mind?

“Yeah,” he said. “When I bowled my 60th 300 game about five years ago, I began thinking about 100 and I set that as my goal.”

At age 42, Granda Jr. definitely has a shot at 100 perfectos. In his previous dominating years, Granda Jr. averaged about five 300 games per year. During one year, the Lakeside Lanes co-proprietor tossed seven gems.

As for 800 career series, Granda Jr. has 68.

Numbers never lie: Granda Jr. is the greatest ever in WCCBA history.

Plaza punisher

Duane Heim had his hooking ball working in recent weeks at Plaza Lanes.

Finishing with 243 and 279 games, Heim rolled a 743 series in the Plaza Men’s League. A week earlier, the right-hander shot a 268 game and 701 set.

In other action at PL. Rob Benge just missed being a multiple 700 roller. The right-hander fired 279 and 255 games for a 749 in the Commercial League and just missed the following week with a 699.

The rising Benge is averaging a scorching 226 in the Commercial League.

Dodsons dominate

Making a strong case to dethrone the Hanks (Harry and Natalie) as the top husband-and-wife duo, Josh and Stacey Dodson were in their typical dominating fashion last week.

Josh Dodson had the pins flying in the Stewart’s Classic League at Lakeside Lanes with games of 242, 258 and 251 for a 751.

Dodson did her damage in the Found Lounge Scratch League at Lost Lanes. Crushing the 1-3 pocket, the right-handed Dodson shot games of 244, 225 and 200 for a 669.

Speaking of Natalie Hanks, the high-scoring, right-hander flirted with another 700 series as she threw 279 and 232 games for a 693 in the Wednesday Night Ladies League at Lost Lanes.

Hanks also excelled in the Sunday Found Lounge Mixed League with a 265 game and 649 total.

Harbaugh hammers ’em

My pre-season Cochranton Crusher pick is heating up.

Jeff Harbaugh — possibly the most overpowering bowler in the WCCBA these days — was locked in in the Pioneer League at Cochranton Lanes recently with games of 277, 226 and 228 for a 731.

In other CL action, Mike Martin threw his first career 600 series with a 611 in the Sunday Mixed League.

Brant Granda shines

Remaining in the 600 mode as of late, Brant Granda was the top young gun last week with a 631 series in the Major League at Lakeside Lanes.

His top game was 239.

Seth Beerbower also topped with a 605.

Young Guns: Part II

Plaza Lanes is the place to be today.

Beginning at 4 p.m., the area’s finest young guns — Beerbower, Granda, Dalton Zelasco, Nick Archacki and Ricky Kanline III, to name a few — will be in action in the Venango-Crawford High School Bowling League.

A sidenote on Archacki: While tuning up for the match with a practice session last Monday, the 12-year-old phenom tossed 265 and 253 games for a 735 series.

Game on, young guns!!

Remembering Turlij

The WCCBA bowling family lost a member this past week when Dennis Turlij passed away unexpectedly at the age of 61.

Turlij was a soft-spoken (very soft!) gentleman who allowed his bowling to do his talking. In recent years, the steady right-hander would calmly walk back after each frame and sit down — waiting for his next turn.

Turlij’s demeanor was top-notch. RIP, Dennis.