by Racine Journal Times
originally appeared on January 15, 2009.
sophomore Cotie Holbek had the day of his life at Towne & Country
Lanes last week.
The 15-year-old bowler shot his first 300 game and national honor
series Jan. 7 while bowling in the T&C Majors junior league. He
opened his 829 series with the perfect game, shot 230 in the second
game and came within a pin of another perfect game in the third game
with a 299.
He has shot 300s and 800s in practice, he said, but since this was for
league play, he was excited.
“I came in the office after the first game and said (to Theresa
Riemer, the general manager of T&C) ‘I did it,’ “
Holbek said. “She said ‘you have to be kidding,’ I
“I knew about it ahead of time that it didn’t count, but I
knew Merrill (Draper, the owner of T&C) would recognize it.”
But that’s the only recognition he will get for his achievement.
His name and score is on the honor score board at Towne & Country
and the score counted for league play, but because he didn’t bowl
with the rest of his league — he had to attend a funeral during
the regular league time Saturday — he is not eligible for awards
from the United States Bowling Congress.
Holbek’s previous high was a 779 series that included a 290 game.
He was averaging 202 in the league through Jan. 3.
Holbek works part-time at the lanes as a counter person and a pinchaser
and learned to bowl through his late grandfather, Ed
“Frito” Wagner, who passed away June 2.
Holbek is a member of the Burlington varsity boys bowling team, which
is fourth in the latest Wisconsin High School Bowling Club District 3A
standings posted at http://www.wihsbowlclub.com/. Holbek, who bowls the
anchor position for the Demons in the Baker format, ranks second in
strike percentage (64.6) and sixth in spares fill percentage (89.0) in