Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bowler Needs Community's Help

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bowler Needs Community's Help

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Jacksonville's bowling community is coming to Wayne Wilcox's aid as he deals with mounting medical expenses.

Wilcox graduated from Paxon High School in 1978 and resides in Middleburg.

Self-employed for 18 years as a remodeler, Wilcox did not have medical coverage. On Jan. 23, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and lung cancer. After undergoing radiation treatment, he expects to learn the treatment's results and his prognosis this week.

Wilcox remains positive: "God can work miracles and I truly believe that. With his help and the prayers of all of my friends, I'm going to beat the odds and I'll be back."

To raise money, his friends from the bowling community have organized a charity bowl at Phoenix Lanes on Saturday, starting at noon.

There will be four squad times: noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Each participant will bowl two games. The entry fee is $20.

For more information, call 387-3569. Donations may be left at Phoenix Lanes in Wilcox's name or mailed to Wayne Wilcox, PO Box 2376, Middleburg, Fla. 32050.

ROBERTS ROLLS 299 -- Brett Roberts rolled his first 299 game recently in the Jax Classic League at Jax Lanes Grove Park.

The right-hander started the night with a 192 game. He rolled 11 strikes before tugging the final shot into the oil, resulting in a 5 pin standing.

Roberts, who bowled collegiately at West Virginia, finished with a 228 game for a 719 series.

The 13-year veteran was the singles and scratch all-events champion at the West Virginia State Tournament in 1996. He has four 800-plus series (834, 816, 811 and 803), seven perfect games and one 298 game. Roberts bowls in two leagues and carries a 208 average.

NEW 700 HONOREES -- Jeff Snodgrass posted his first 700 series recently in the Sunday Night Mixed League at NAS Lanes at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

The 24-year veteran rolled games of 245, 259 and 225 for a 729 series.

"After the second game, I knew I had a chance at the 700 series," Snodgrass said. …

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