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Bowling: Brandy Peterson finds striking success at Lakewood Bowl

Updated: March 4, 2014 6:12AM



Brandy (Grove) Peterson has been a successful bowler since helping her Hillcrest team to its greatest achievement, a third-place finish at state in 1990.

But impressive? Not everybody thought so one night in 2010 at Dolton Bowl after a teammate good-naturedly laid down a gauntlet.

“I had shot a 168 or something in the first game,” she said. “My teammate was like, ‘Brandy, you used to impress me. You don’t impress me anymore.’

“When I shot four strikes in a row to start the second game I asked him, ‘Now are you impressed?’ And he said, ‘No.’ ”

After the ninth strike she asked again.

“He said, ‘OK. I’m impressed. You got me,’ ” Peterson said, laughing.

She went to finish a 300 game, the third of her career. Since then she hasn’t rolled another 300, but she’s as impressive as it gets on the women’s bowling scene in the Southland.

Peterson enters February with a 227 average in the Wednesday night Ladies Legends League at Lakewood Bowl, the highest among the 18 centers in the coverage area.

Peterson tossed a personal season-best 289 Oct. 23. She had a 761 series Dec. 4.

“In all of my years of bowling this is the highest average I’ve ever had,” Peterson said. “I started bowling in a junior league when I was 4, and I’ve been bowling ever since, a little over 37 years in organized bowling.”

Peterson puts up big numbers Friday nights at Lakewood as well, carrying a 216 as a substitute in the C300 Jesse Brown VAMC League

“I don’t know. The past few years I’ve been bowling pretty good,, but I guess I’m just focused right now,” she said. “I’m not so much focused on big scores, but just making sure my mechanics are right and focusing on my spare game. When it all comes together, you tend to put some strikes together.

“It’s pretty cool. You just kind of want to see if you can push it and maintain it. That’s the attitude I’ve got.”

Record-chasing

Orland Hills native Mike Herman put his name in the Centennial Lanes record book Thursday with games of 300, 248 and 300 for an 848 series that ties the all-time series high at the Tinley Park center.

Herman tied fellow Thursday Miller Men’s League bowler Mike Hannafin, of Crestwood, who Nov. 17 went 248-300-300 for an 848.

“Best night of my (bowling) life,” Herman said of his twin gems. “It was my first 800 series, too, so to tie the record with your first 800 isn’t bad at all.”

Herman used a Roto Grip Uproar that he’d bought just two weeks previous.

“I had a couple of rough weekends with it,” he said. “But I stuck to the game plan (Jan. 30) and it just starting going right in the pocket.

“I got a lucky break in the first game that went Brooklyn, but I made sure after that I put them all on the right side. But it was pretty wild in the first game.”

Herman, 26, has four career 300 games, all of them at Centennial, where he bowls three nights a week.

“It didn’t even cross my mind,” he said. “The third game everybody was like, ‘You can tie the house record.’ I was like, ‘Ohh, man. Yeah I can,” he said, laughing. “I tried not to think about it too much because I’d have probably ended up missing. I kept quiet and went up there one ball at a time and it happened.”



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