July 24, 2009

Boy, 11, bowls 11 strikes in a row

An Oklahoma 11-year-old came within a hair's breadth of bowling a perfect game with 11 consecutive strikes and a final score of 298, his family said.

Spencer Waryas of Jenks said he threw 11 strikes in a row at Andy B's Riverlanes July 14 in Tulsa, but he rolled his last ball just a touch too far to the left and two pins remained standing, the Tulsa World reported Friday.

I was so nervous and I just couldn't throw it right, Waryas said. As soon as I let it go, I knew it wasn't going to be good. I put it left of my target.

Chuck West, youth director at Andy B's, said he consulted with Oklahoma Bowling Centers Association Executive Director Vicki Starr , who said the score might be the highest ever sanctioned in the state for an 11-year-old.

He did good for being nervous, said Steve Waryas, the boy's father. I mean, you could tell, he threw it out on the lane and it hit the head pin. It crossed over a little bit.