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Middlesex teen sets local bowling record

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Teen bowling whiz Hannah Harris at Village Lanes.
Hannah Harris, 17 a rising senior at Middlesex High School. had an outstanding bowling series recently in the Monday Junior/Senior Youth League at Village Lanes.

Harris, whose previous high series was a very respectable 731, started July 27, with a nice 245 game. The strikes kept coming in the second game for a 256 game, which included a stretch of 9 strikes in a row. However, Harris saved the best for last. Starting with a spare, she reeled off another 9 in a row closing with a 9 spare for a 279 game. Her total for the series was an incredible 780. (The best possible three-game series score is 900.)

Harris and all those in attendance knew this was the highest series bowled by a youth—male or female—at Village Lanes this year. As the days went by the significance of this accomplishment grew. Further checking with Village Lanes manager Edna Woodard revealed that this was most likely the highest series ever bowled by a youth at Village Lanes.

The news got even bigger when Mary Pancoast, head of the Peninsula High School Bowling League, stated that in her 20 years of involvement with youth bowling, Harris recorded the highest series ever bowled by a female youth in the Peninsula area.

Finally, after checking with the Hampton USBC Women’s Bowling Association, only a half-dozen area female bowlers have bowled a better series (the record belongs to Clarice Fielder, who rolled an 818 series in 2006 in Hampton.

Harris, who averages 175, has been bowling in the youth league at Village Lanes for the past 5 years and credits most of her success to her dad and coach, Andy Harris.

posted 08.13.2009

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