Jim Harmon earns seventh 300 game, Franz rolls his first

Butch Wagner
Jan 14, 2014
Happy New Year! It has been that festive for local and area bowlers since the start of 2014. One 300 came on Jan. 4, then two more the following day (Jan. 5) in the ‘700 Club’ tournament at Riverview Lanes. Two more perfect games were produced Thursday (Jan. 9) at Star Lanes.
Huron’s Jim Harmon, 62, checked in with his seventh 300 to regain the family lead over son Mike Harmon, who has six.

Young Josh Franz, 24, of Marblehead, joined that elusive club on the night while bowling in the Online Auto/Adkins Glass League.

Harmon racked up 12 strikes in succession in his final game after scores of 201 and 185 for a 686 total.

Franz opened with a 213, then earned his first 300, only to slip to 145 in the last game to wind up with 658.

“I can’t have the kid get all the glory” said Jim Harmon in talking about his son’s 804 series in the American Legion district tournament at Cedar Lanes last month. “I had the wrong ball for the conditions, and finally changed to a different ball in the last game. That was crazy, but everything clicked. It felt good. “It was funny because Josh had his 300 in the second game and Brian Sowards came over to me and said to get the next one” added Harmon, who is employed by Sawmill Creek. “When I was in my 10th frame he looked over again and said to me ‘I told you. My last 300 came two years ago and I’ve also been fortunate to throw an 804 series. It just feels good when you do something like this” He bowls twice a week and carries averages of 211 and 201. “I really wasn’t nervous until the 11th ball. Then the nerves took over and my hands were shaking, but I was happy to get through it” Franz said. “This was the first time I’ve been able to get past nine in a row and all I thought about was calming myself down”

His previous high game was 276 and the highest series remains at 728. “That 300 got to me and it was all downhill in the last game” Franz added. Franz, who works at Star Lanes at the Harbor in Port Clinton, carries a 195 average and started bowling just five years ago. “I’m going to order my ring” added the 2008 Danbury High School graduate.

The list of 300s turned in by local and area bowlers has suddenly ballooned to 29.