Minton, Fielitz, Conger strike for 300s in ‘700 Club’ tourney

Butch Wagner
Jan 13, 2014
The annual “700 Club” tournament Jan. 4-5 at Riverview Lanes brought out some premier scoring.
That included an 826 series by champion Bruce Miller (reported earlier) and three 300 games. Miller’s scores were 279-269-278. Kole Minton, Corky Fielitz and Mark Conger rattled off perfect scores but none had the consistency needed to reach the 800 plateau. Minton, 19, fired his 300 in two months with scores of 231-300-186 for a 717 total.

Fielitz made it two 300s in 19 days and three in a year’s calendar when he popped 226-208-300 for a 734 series. His career total stands at nine.

Conger carved out his 300 between scores of 191-300-198 for 689 on Jan. 5 for his 13th perfect game.

Minton, a 2013 graduate of Perkins, exploded for 300s on Nov. 15 and Dec. 6 in the Friday morning Mathews s

“I guess you can say this is my breakthrough season” Minton said. “My first in adult competition and I’m just having some fun right now. My goal is to get the fourth one before the season ends. That would tie Bob Dickman’s record for one season”

He has been bowling eight years in all and started in the junior bowling program at Star Lanes. 

“The excitement was there for me, that’s for sure” added Minton who carries a 225 average. He is also a member of the “800 Club” which he joined earlier in the season with an 817 total.

Fielitz called this one “a surprise” “I was struggling after that one in December but everything clicked in the last game” he said. “I was bowling next to Mark (Conger) and he had a 300 as well. Both of us went into the Hall of Fame in 2009 and it was great to have us roll 300 games the same day”

The retired Huron policeman is proud of the fact the nine 300s have come at four different centers. “I’ve had five at Huron, two at Star Lanes, one at Cedar Lanes and another at Kenilee Lanes in Norwalk” Conger talked about his double weekend. “I bowled in the Open Division Saturday, then the Senior Division Sunday and both times I had that one solid game but was unable to put it all together in the others.

On Saturday (Jan. 4), I had 288 in the middle game but just 194 and 209 in the others” Conger said. “It was exciting because a lot of people were asking me when I would get a 300. I’d been close the day before but couldn’t do it. I’m happy to get that off my back because it was No. 13” he added. “I just couldn’t carry (pins) the first game, then switched to another ball, moved back a little on the approach and everything clicked in that second game” said Conger, a lefty who bowls once a week and carries an average of 215. He is employed by Schwab Machine.