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July 23, 2013

BOWLING: Local quintet wins state crown

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July 23, 2013 7:00 a.m. — Grinnell comes through

Grinnell wasn’t on the original team.

A few months ago, Easler had to scramble to get his fifth member. After Brandon Desper backed out, fill-in Ryan Park was a late scratch — putting Easler and Dodson on the horn.

Grinnell to the rescue.

“Scott wanted to bowl on my other teams, but the spots were filled,” said Baird. “When this spot opened up, I called Scott immediately.”

In separate interviews with Dodson and Baird, Grinnell was spoken highly about. Prior to this past season, Grinnell missed the previous two years due to work-related issues.

Just ask Dodson and Baird, the soft-spoken Grinnell hasn’t lost a thing.

“I was very impressed by Scott’s performance,” said Dodson. “Here is a bowler who hadn’t bowled the last two years and he shoots a 726 in states. Enough said.”

It is the second state championship for Grinnell and Baird. In 2000, the explosive right-handers teamed together to win the PSBC doubles actual event.

“It’s pretty cool winning another state championship with Scott,” said Baird. “Like Josh said, Scott’s performance speaks volumes ... not bowling the last two years.”

Grinnell averaged 219 this past season in the Plaza Men’s League at Plaza Lanes.

Getting honored

The Plaza Lanes Pro Shop high rollers were honored for their accomplishment at the annual PSBC banquet on July 13 in Harrisburg. They met Professional Bowlers Association legend Johnny Petraglia.

“It was pretty cool talking to him and getting his autograph,” said Dodson.

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