Gordon checks nerves, rolls first perfect game

Near-miss helped Topeka bowler fulfill dream of 300 game

No doubt about it, having an opportunity to bowl a perfect game can rattle a person’s nerves.

 

Chris Gordon knows the feeling.

“I’d come close (to a 300 game) on several occasions,” Gordon said. “The last time I was in that situation I shot 295. I’d never been that close before, and my nerves got the better of me.”

So when that chance came again a week ago Tuesday night at West Ridge Lanes, Gordon “kept his nerves in check” and shot his first 300 in the Knights of Columbus League, sandwiching it between games of 148 and 162 for a 610 series.

“When it happened I was numb for moment,” said the 40-year-old Gordon, who has been bowling since he was 6. “When I heard the roar from the crowd, I began to realize that I’d finally done it.

“It felt about like what I’d dreamed of.”

Now that he has a 300 in his bag, Gordon, whose best series is a 731, said he would chase his next dream — the coveted 800.

Neither Kyle Turner nor Greg Hoefer could match Gordon’s game — the city’s fourth 300 this season — but they did top his series.

Turner led the men with a 245-289-237 – 771 series on Saturday in the Northern Lights League at West Ridge, while Hoefer shot 272-241-256 – 769 on Sunday in the Ten Pin Alley League at Gage Bowl.

Rachel Payne paced the women with a 254-226-199 – 679 series in the 6 p.m. Sunday Mixer League at West Ridge, while Angie Ross rolled 232-180-342 – 655 last Wednesday in the Little Eight League at Gage, where Rachel Barber tossed a 267 game.

Jim Charity topped the senior men by almost 100 pins with a 246-266-234 – 746 series Thursday in the Senior Wheel of Fortune League at West Ridge, while Cathy Sawyer, 223 – 586, and Linda Matthias, 222 – 578, at West Ridge, and Barb Tidwell, 207 – 576 at Gage, led the senior women.

In youth action, Blake Massey shot 248-269-236 – 753 at West Ridge to lead the boys, while Cayla Bortz rolled 182-259-246 – 687 at Gage and Lauren Buchanan shot 247-195-236 – 678 at West Ridge to pace the girls.

Last week’s city leaders

(League scores from Sept. 25-Oct. 2)

GAGE CENTER BOWL

Men’s series — Greg Hoefer 769, Steve Garrett 732, David Halseth 724, Zac Wenrich 722, Allen Payne 721, Michael Bortz 699, Omar Bennett 688, Craig Trapp 683, Bob Fellows 683, Doug Damme 676.

Men’s games — Steve Garrett 289, Greg Hoefer 279, Allen Payne 278, Mark Huxman 277, David Halseth 270, Bob Fellows 268, Scott Wyrick 266, Tony Wheeler 265, Patrick Herr 258, Doug Damme 257, Jason Porter 257.

Women’s series — Angie Ross 655, Chelsie Bahr 644, Linda Matthias 643, Rachel Barber 625.

Women’s games — Rachel Barber 267, Angie Ross 243, Chelsie Bahr 242, Barb Rodgers 232, Linda Matthias 225, Sandra Schober 220, Carri Nemechek 217, Ashley Benoit 212, Elizabeth Hanvy 211, Debi Brown-Tosh 205.

Senior men — Gil Moreno 257/639, Steve Rolin 225/634, Robert Raye 623, Harold Patterson 247/613, Virgil Coffman 231/611, Charlie Heideman 245.

Senior women — Barb Tidwell 207/576, Stacey Croskey 202/544, Betty Semon 180/496, Joan Kaff 493, Brenda Carey 187/486, Mary Child 189.

Youth boys — Nathan Mercer 229/835 (4 games), Brayden Prockish 224/624 (3 games), Blake Massey 236/593 (3), Cody Short 221/544 (3), Jared Sands 220/540 (3).

Youth girls — Cayla Bortz 182-259-246/687 (3 games) & 224/737 (4 games), Shyanne Osterhaus 194/709 (4), Kishno Bell 240/605 (3), Maci Nemechek 508 (3).

WEST RIDGE LANES

Men’s series — Kyle Turner 771, Wes Beck 730, Zac Wenrich 721, Jason Crouch 721, Allen Payne 714, Joseph Day 703, Russ Wilson 703.

Men’s games — Chris Gordon 300, Kyle Turner 289, Dennis Fritts 280, Justin Cochran 279, Gerald O’Flaherty 277, Zac Wenrich 275, Joseph Day 268, Trevor Baumgartner 268, Brian Granger 268, Toby Cott 267, Keith Williamson 267.

Women’s series — Rachel Barber 679, Chelsie Bahr 648, Rachel Gooldy 637, Michelle Springer 601, Laura Kongs 593, Kelsey Lightell 589, Ida Bartlett 575, Tiffany Dominguez 567, Sheryl Drewis 562, Melissa Urich 559, Ty Overstreet 559.

Women’s games — Rachel Payne 254, Chelsie Bahr 247, Rachel Gooldy 239, Kelsey Lightell 231, Kara Granger 231, Rachel Payne 226, Roxy Shepherd 225, Sheryl Drewis 224, Shaley Epperson 219, Melissa Urich 217, Hannah Rodger 215.

Senior men — Jim Charity 246-266-234/746, Gary Hamilton 247/647, John Bortz 247/639, Fred Canham 247/636, Chuck Melvin 256/630, Len Kelly 250/630, Steve Hart 244/630, Dan Gorman 629, Gerry Sanders 625, Ray Beatty 622, Don Shavey 245, Elmer Burnett 244, Harold Holmes 242.

Senior women — Cathy Sawyer 223/586, Linda Matthias 222/578, Cleora Cushinberry 201/565, Pearl Colby 201/541, Carol Tyler 532, Barb Huske 504, Rita Acker 201.

Youth boys — Blake Massey 248-269-236/753, Cody Mzhickteno 224/648, Javier Lemmons 258/641, Brayden Prockish 234/634, Jared Freed 225/632, John Baeten 252/615, Jordan Freed 230/601, Preston Millard 242, Ethan Cowen 232, Noah Belt 206.

Youth girls — Lauren Buchanan 247-195-236/678, Janae Peoples 543, Hannah Casto 528.

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