With so many bowlers shooting ridiculous numbers at Hi-Tor Lanes in the last 24 hours, Suffern senior Al Chamberlain decided to join in on the fun Friday.
Chamberlain, last year’s Journal News Rockland male bowler of the year, bowled the first 300 game of the varsity season on Friday, sandwiched between a 224 and a 223 for a Rockland season-high series of 747, as Suffern topped North Rockland 5-2.
Less than a day prior, North Rockland freshman Nick Sparta rolled a 300 game in a junior varsity match and Pearl River’s Paul Owens set the season-high series with a 732. In the men’s league later that night, Hi-Tor proprietor Rob Varano strung together an 856 series, two pins shy of the county’s all-time high series.
Chamberlain bowled his first 300 game during a Junior Bowlers Tour tournament in Oakland, N.J., in September, an experience he said that helped him immensely on Friday.
“I just wanted to have fun with it,” he said. “You never know if you’re going to be there again.”
Following Friday’s performance, Chamberlain is currently in contention to win the Triple Crown of bowling — high game, high series and high average. The 6-foot-3 senior has a 218 average with four matches remaining in the season.
Chamberlain would become the first bowler since North Rockland’s Brad Simon in 2006-07 to sweep the yearly awards.
While Chamberlain says it would be “awesome” to accomplish the rare feat, his sights are set on the state tournament. The top three averages in the section earn automatic bids to the tournament.
“I’d like to make states again,” said Chamberlain, who grabbed the last automatic spot last year. “It would be nice to have a spot set and not have to bowl over my head in one day (at sections).”