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Miller earns 3rd 800 series; Harmon gets first of career

Butch Wagner
Jan 9, 2014
Bruce Miller tossed 31 strikes Sunday on his way to winning the annual “700 Club” tournament at Riverview Lanes. The 56-year-old Sandusky USBC association manager chalked up his third career 800 series with games of 279-269-278 for an 826 total, and 838 with handicap.

He finished with a 10-pin advantage over Monica Seitz, who exploded for a nifty 723 series on scores of 232-279-212 and added 105 pins in handicap to wind up at 828. She had a 191 average.

Miller produced 11 strikes in the fist game, then came back with a pair of 10-strike games to beat out the field of 52 opponents in the Open Division.

“It’s nice to know I still can do it” said Miller, who has been battling arthritis which consists of numerous cortisone shots.

“My last 800 came in March of 2004 and my highest stands at 835. I ran into the 4-9 split in the first frame of the third game, then had 10 in a row before leaving a 10 pin on the last ball” Miller said. Miller carried a 225 average into the event, which is held yearly in honor of two longtime men’s association bowlers — Lyle Sarr and Howard Anderson — who are deceased.

Steve Collins finished third in the open division at 823. He rattled off 237-257-248—742 on a 199 average and earned 81 pins handicap.

Nick Ellis was a distant fourth at 787. Carrying a 224 average, Ellis popped games of 279-238-255 for 772 actual and added 125 pins handicap. Chris Pratt (187 average) rolled 233-204-225—662 and picked up 114 pins handicap to wind up fifth at 776. While Miller ruled the Open division, Dave Meinert captured the senior division title with a 781 handicap series.

Meinert stacked 215-269-234—718 on a 206 average and added 63 pins handicap.

Jim Bogner was runner-up at 770 with 245-234-201—680 on a 196 average while Gary Gilbert placed third at 762 with 235-201-278—714 on a 212 mark. Miller carried a 225 average into the event which is held yearly in honor of two longtime men’s association bowlers — Lyle Sarr and Howard Anderson — who are deceased.

Mike Harmon, another Sandusky USBC member, joined the “800 Club” last month while bowling in the American Legion district tournament at Cedar Lanes. Harmon, 36, recorded games of 279-247-278 for an 804 total while bowling in doubles with his father, Jim Harmon, who chipped in with a 716 series. “We had 1,520 as a team but still didn’t win because it was a handicap event. I think we may have wound up second or third” young Harmon said. “There is no doubt this was a dream come true for me. My previous high series was 794 and I’ve had six 300s, but I’ve always thought about the 800 and now I have one” the 1996 Huron High School graduate added. “I had the first eight in the first game and started the third game with a couple of spares and really didn’t think about 800 until the 10th frame. I had a feeling I was close but just kept telling myself to stay smooth and when I got that 10th strike on my last ball, it was then I knew for sure what I did” Harmon said. He carries an average of 212.


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