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300 games pile up for Thompson

Local bowler rolls two in a week’s span


Chris Thompson recently bowled the 19th and 20th 300 games of his career. The 300s came in back-to-back weeks in the Zack Keller Memorial Scratch League.

Bowling a 300 game is nothing new to Chris Thompson.

He recently rolled his 19th and 20th career perfect games. They came in back-toback weeks in the same league at T-P Lanes.

Although he has achieved the feat so many times one would think the luster has worn off some, Thompson relishes every one of them.

“The first one each year makes me as nervous as the very first one I had,” said  Thompson, who serves as the general manager of the local alley. “Once you have a 300, you feel like you have to do it again.”

His latest 300 games were extra special. They came in the Zack Keller Memorial Scratch League, a league that was named after Thompson’s late friend and co-worker.

Keller died in an automobile accident in August.

“The league did a nice thing to change the name to honor Zack,” said Thompson.

“On my official record, it will be nice to see my name next to his name.”

Thompson’s 19th 300 game came Dec. 10 while bowling on lanes 17 and 18. He did it again Dec. 17, this time on lanes 15 and 16.

All 20 of Thompson’s 300 games have come in the last 10 years. His first one came at the age of 21 during his final season in the youth league.

He currently bowls in three leagues at TP Lanes. He carries a 224 average in the Zack Keller Memorial League.

Thompson holds the T-P Lanes house record for an individual series (877) and he also recently helped set a new house 5-man record (3,566) along with Wes Legge, Mike Moore, Mike Nicholl and Paul Scales.

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