Champion, Lawrence, Gerhardstein newest 300 club members

Butch Wagner
Oct 23, 2013
Huron’s Jim Champion, 48, Bellevue’s Ken Gerhardstein, 63, and Plymouth’s Howard Lawrence, 32, are the latest members of the Sandusky United States Bowling Congress (USBC) to join the exclusive “300 Club”.

Champion, a 170 average bowler, rattled off games of 190-300-174—664 in the Berlin Community League Oct. 15 at Riverview Lanes in Huron.

Gerhardstein rolled 222-300-218—740 Oct. 13 in the Sandusky Elks Ball & Chain League at Star Lanes.

Lawrence followed Oct. 1 with 198-300-190—688 on a 180 average in the Paramount League at Star Lanes.

“Everything went right for me that second game,” said Champion who has a previous high single game of 257. “That was a while ago.”

Employed by Ohio Veteran’s Home, Champion talked about the 10th frame of that magical game.

“I was OK the first two balls, but I’ll admit my legs were knocking as I went up for the 12th one. I was just praying everything would fall and I certainly was relieved when the pins went over,” Champion said.

“I’ve been bowling 15-to-20 years now, and this was my first chance to throw a 300 game and I’m so happy I could finish it off. I was bowling pretty good the last couple of weeks before this happened,” added the 1983 Sandusky High School graduate.

“My next goal is to shoot a 700 series. I’d like that.”

Gerhardstein also commented on what was going through his mind in the 10th frame.

“I’ve had a 299 game before, and that was two years ago in the same league. But I didn’t get nervous until the last one. I knew before the ball got halfway down the lane I had a chance to strike on the first two. I felt the pressure a lot more when I left the ball go on the last one. It was right there. I just want to keep my speed up and stay in the zone, and I felt I did that,” Gerhardstein said.

“I got lucky in the seventh frame when a pin came off the board to knock down the four pin. I was a tad slow on my delivery on that one but came back strong with the last five, and I buried each of them.”

“I can’t wait until I get my ring,” said Gerhardstein who carries a 209 average. “I would love to get an 800 series, too.” His personal high three-game set is 755.

He is a graduate of 1968 from York — the final year for the small high school on Route 20, just outside of Bellevue.

Lawrence also cashed in on his first legitimate opportunity to score a perfect game.

“My previous high was 280 and I had a couple of those but this was the first time I went into the 10th frame with 300 at stake,” the 1999 Sandusky High School grad said.

“I was a little nervous in the last frame and didn’t want anybody to watch me bowl. I just went along with the other guys and didn’t waste any time. Everything fell together in the 10th frame and it felt really good when I watched the last 10 pins go down,” Lawrence said. He is employed at Taco Bell in Wooster.

“This is my 13th year of bowling and I guess No. 13 is lucky after all. I’ve already ordered my ring and my next goal is to shoot 800. My high so far is 757, and although I had 300 this time, I didn’t get 700 and had 724 the week before,” Lawrence said.