Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Steele Caps Comeback with 727

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Steele Caps Comeback with 727

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Byline: LEONARD RUBLE, Times-Union correspondent

Earlier this season Tammy Steele rolled games of 214, 257 and 256 for a 727 series, her best three-game total and her first 700 series.

Steele, whose three-game high was recorded in the Strikers Bowling League at Jax Lanes West, started her bowling career in the YABA program at Jax Lanes West. Back then, though, it was known as Ramona Lanes and she was known as Tammy Lovett. After she bowled for 10 years, she experienced "burnout" and lost interest in the game.

Two years ago her aunt, needing another bowler to make a full team for the season, asked Steele to give bowling another try.

"Now I'm back to bowling and I have the love for the game like I did when I first started bowling in the YABA program 22 years ago," Steele said.

She had a 471 total going into the final game, but wasn't thinking about her first 700 series.

"I wasn't watching the score and didn't have any idea that I was close to a 700 series," she said.

With an eight-count to start the final frame of the last game, her brother, Lee Baker, came running to her saying, "You got your 700 series."

AREA INTEREST

Craig Huggins rolled his ninth 300 game, this one coming in the Sunday Night Mixed League at Jax Lanes Grove Park. He now has a total of four 800-plus series, seven 299s and one 298. Gary Pope captured the first honor score of his 25-year career when he rolled a 299 in the Thursday Thumpers League at Cassat/Batt Bowl. He also rolled games of 201 and 219 for a 719 series, his first 700 series. Tony Scheer started the Greater Jax Invitational Handicap League at Phoenix Lanes with a 298. He followed with games of 211 and 210 for a 719 series.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Danny Kovach added the 18th perfect game to his resume recently in the Inter-City Men's League at Jax Lanes Grove Park after games of 257 and 200 for a 757 series. One of the bowlers on the opposing team had asked Kovach that evening when he was going to get his name on the list of honor scores posted above the lanes. Kovach said that Jason McKivvin did not realize that each bowling center removes all of the names just before the fall leagues begin and starts from scratch each season. …

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