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Perfect ending for two local bowlers

Two local bowlers ended the year on a high note rolling perfect games in a week shortened by the holiday.

Billy Carrithers and Corey Gillespie each posted perfect games at Collins Bowling Centers-Southland.

Gillespie rolled his second 300 in two weeks and the third of his career in the James R. Wafford memorial League on December 26.

Gillespie came close to 800 for the second time in two weeks, posting an 797. Two weeks ago he rolled a 795 highlighted by a 300 game.

This time Gillespie led off with his perfect game and followed with a 277 and a 220.

Carrithers is an old hand at perfect games, with the one he rolled on Dec. 27 in the Beltline League being his 19th.

What is unique about this perfect game is that it is the third one he has rolled on Dec. 27, all at Southland. Carrithers rolled his first Dec. 27th 300 on Dec. 27, 1990 and then again on the date in 1999.

Carrithers, a member of the LABA Hall of Fame, said he had a feeling about Tuesday night. "I told the guys we were bowling, 'Watch out I might have a 300 tonight, I've rolled two on this date.'" Sure enough he rolled the score in the first game and followed with 248 and 227 for a 775.

Carrithers hopes the score prepares him for the 33rd Bradley Open which begins next weekend. Carrithers is the only bowler who has competed in all 32.

Calendar

Jan. 7-8: The 33rd Bradley Open, at Collins Bowling Ceners-Eastland. The entry fee for the scratch singles event is $200 and the first prize is $4,000 and a paid entry to the 2013 USBC Masters Tournament. The event is open to the first 264 entries and forms are available at either Collins location.

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