sophomore Cotie Holbek had the day of his life at Towne &
Lanes last week.
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
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,’
said. “She said ‘you have to be kidding,’
“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.”
the only recognition he will get for his achievement. His name and
score is on the honor score board at Towne & Country and the
counted for league play, but because he didn’t bowl with the
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.
previous high was a 779 series that included a 290 game. He was
averaging 202 in the league through Jan. 3.
part-time at the lanes as a counter person and a pinchaser and learned
to bowl through his late grandfather, Ed “Frito”
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
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 the district.