ZANESVILLE - A Potter came close to perfection.
East Liverpool junior Becky Brewer bowled a tournament-high game of 266 at Sun Rise Lanes in Zanesville Saturday during the Ohio Division I District Tournament. Brewer's 266 was 34 pins better the next highest score at the tournament.
In bowling, the highest possible score is 300. A perfect game is achieved by bowling 12 strikes in a row with one strike coming in each of the first nine frames and three more coming in the 10th frame. A strike counts as 10 pins plus the total of pins knocked down by the next two bowled balls.
East Liverpool’s Becky?Brewer bowls against Wellsville during a match Jan. 25 at Walnut Lanes. (Photo courtesy Jimmy Joe Savage)
Brewer bowled nine strikes in school record setting performance.
"It was a really good day for me," Brewer said.
Brewer also bowled games of 160 and 172 to finish with a series of 598, however, she did not qualify for the state tournament.
"It was nuts," East Liverpool coach Erik Adkins said. "I've never seen a kid bowl like that. The whole crowd was cheering her on."
Brewer said she did not feel any pressure while she was bowling.
"Not at all," she said. " I just tried to have fun."
A perfect series is achieved by rolling three-straight 300 games to achieve a total score of 900.
"As a coach, I'm very proud of her with this being our first year as a team," Adkins said. "She had the weight of the world on her shoulders and she handled it well.
"I'm glad that she saw all her hard work pay off. She knows that she needs more confidence. There's not many girls in the state of Ohio who can bowl as good as her. Hopefully, the momentum carries over to next year and some schools start to take notice."
Led by Brewer, the Potters had individual and team success this year in their inaugural season on the lanes. The East Liverpool girls finished the season with a stellar record of 11-2.
"We had a really good season," Brewer said.
With all of the success Brewer and the Potters achieved this season, expectations will be raised heading into next season.
"I'd like more people kids to come out, but I don't know if that is going to happen," Brewer said. "I had fun. It was a really good year."
The boys' and girls' state tournaments will be held this week at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl in Columbus. The boys tournament is set for Friday, while the girls tournament is scheduled for Saturday.