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February 19, 2014

Felmlee up and down against PBA’s best

MEADVILLE — The flame-throwing Alan Felmlee reached the pinnacle of his outstanding young career this week.

Felmlee — the 24-year-old son of Plaza Lanes proprietors Dean and Stephanie Felmlee — is competing in the PBA 2014 United States Bowling Congress Masters at North Brunswick, N.J.

Bowling against PBA legends Pete Weber, Walter Ray Williams and Norm Duke, to name a few, Felmlee has had his ups and downs in the opening two five-game qualifying rounds.

On Monday night, Felmlee opened with a major statement by firing a 236 game. Unfortunately, the powerful right-hander struggled the next four games as he entered the second round in 299th place in the highly competitive 468-bowlers’ field. He averaged 189.8.

Felmlee’s struggles continued in the second round. He bowled in the opening five-game block and dropped to 404th place.

Needless to say, the promising Felmlee is gaining valuable experience. He will bowl five more qualifying games on  Thursday and the top 64 bowlers will advance to match-play action on Friday.

After the opening five-game block on Wednesday, Williams currently leads with a 234.8 average.

The stepladder finals will be aired live on Sunday on ESPN at 3 p.m.

Barnes, Nichols roll perfect games

Rising bowlers Andrew Barnes and Brian Nichols were perfect recently.

Opening with his second career 300 game, Barnes put together one of the best series at Cochranton Lanes this season with a 775 in the Pioneer League.

The right-hander followed his gem with 238 and 237 games.

Barnes rolled his other 300 at Plaza Lanes last season.

After flirting with a possible 300 on a few occasions this season, Nichols finally enjoyed the moment in the NFL League at Lakeside Lanes.

He finished with a 710 series.

Nichols is an interesting story. He is 85% blind in his right eye, due to an incident in the military.

Shortly after throwing the 12th strike, Nichols grabbed his phone. He called his father, Dale Nichols, the former local bowling standout who now resides in Florida.

“I think he was more excited than me,” said Brian Nichols. “Realizing my situation with my eye, he gets so much pride and joy out of me doing well.”

Pops is still one-up on the son. Dale Nichols, a WCCBA Hall of Famer, has two career 300 games.

Congrats, Andrew and Brian!

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