Randolph man bowls 300

Tim Panek, 31, saw his sixth sanctioned 300 game, this in the Rockaway Foursome League at Rockaway Lanes.

He was substituting in this league, and on games of 300, 269 and 212, averaged 260. Being human, he said he was nervous on the last shot of the first game, and pulled the ball but it still carried all 10. He used an Ebonite Gamebreaker drilled by Tommy Semiz.

Tim is a 19-year veteran of bowling. He started in the junior leagues at Rockaway. His first coach was Morris County USBC WBA director Lies’l (DiRocco) Apgar. Currently she is Tim’s doubles partner in the PBA Experience League, also at Rockaway.

Tim went on to bowl for Lindenwood University from 2003 to 2005. He credited the late collegiate coach Mike Halwe, with honing his skills. After that, he bowled in a league with Kelly Kulick who “helped me to see my game from different perspectives which allowed me to refine aspects of my game that needed some help.”

Tim is no stranger to high scores. His highest series is 811, which he posted at age 18 in the same junior league where he got his start. It was the first 800 series by a youth bowler in Morris County. He has also bowled a perfect game in the PBA experience league, no easy feat.

Tim won the win-a-spots at Rockaway on Cheetah, Scorpion and Chameleon patterns, entitling him to bowl in the PBA Regional tournament at Rockaway. He cashed in that tournament two out of three times. He further won a US Open qualifier at Rockaway in 2012.

Panek, a Randolph resident, is a clinician for St. Clare’s Hospital’s behavioral health and is currently working on his master’s degree in healthcare management.

He dedicated his latest accomplishment to fiancée Ariella Heisler. The couple will be married on Oct. 13.

His bowling goal is “to bowl as many tournaments this year as I can and perform well. I’m starting with the Elite Invitational at Rockaway.”

He also wants to average 200 or better over the PBA Experience league season and 225-plus in his trios league.

“I want to continue to work hard at my game so that I can continue to bowl well in the future,” he said.

By the way, today is Tim’s birthday. It’s all good!

• County Hall of Famer, Doc Russano sent this in: “I would like to mention the passing of a wonderful man and long time Morris County bowler, Nate Blackman. Always with a smile and a cheerful greeting, Nate was a competitor. He was my teammate along with Joyce Brokling and others in the mixed majors at Morris Plains Lanes in the 1970’s. He was also a fixture in the Morristown Businessman’s League for 40 years. Although he achieved some honor scores, he was not a ‘great’ bowler, but he epitomizes the core of our sport. He loved the game and we will miss him.”

• Also, from Carol Chadwick, a Morris County USBC WBA Director: “My Mom lost her battle with diabetes. She will be at Growney Funeral Home, 1070 North Board Street, Hillside, NJ 07205 on Monday, September 16th from 4 to 8 p.m. with a 9:30 a.m. mass at St. Catherine’s Church on Tuesday, September 17th.” Condolences to all.

• The Morris County USBC Bowling Association is holding its 61st Annual Robert H. Higgins League Officers Tournament on Oct. 13 and Oct. 20 at Bel-Pike Lanes located at 107 County Road 519 in Belvidere. This tournament is open to all league officers in Morris County. For more information, contact tournament director Larry Sotsky at 973-625-4634 or e-mail larry sotsky@optonline.net. Applications are available in the local bowling centers and on the association website: http:// www.mcba-njbowling. com/. The closing date for entries is Oct. 6.


Saturday: The PBA’s Xtra Frame web casting resumes with qualifying and match play of the Central Regional Players Invitational tournament, and the Eastern Region starting Sept. 21, from Maple City Bowl in Hornell, N.Y. Tune in to see our premier bowlers from the East! Regional points leaders 1-15 residing within their region are invited to the tournaments. Points leaders from 16-32nd place can enter for $220. Check it out on www.pba.com.

Monday: Deadline for entering the NJ State Queens Tournament, to be held Sept. 22 at Rockaway Lanes. Entry forms are available on the county women’s website at: http://morriscountywba.com/id34.html. For additional information, contact Tournament Manager Ruth Bouie at 973-672-7146 or e-mail r071740@aol.com.

Oct. 6: Deadline for entries in the Morris County USBC BA League Officers Tournament.

Oct. 20: Morris County USBC WBA meeting, 3-6-9 tournament and lunch at Oakwood Lanes. Reservation forms will be out soon at local bowling centers and on the county’s website http://morris countywba.com/index. html.

Nov. 17: The New Jersey Inter-county tournament will be held at Circle Lanes. Representing Morris County are: Marianne DiRupo (230 avg.) from Circle Lanes; Kristina M. Arocho (223), Rockaway Lanes’ Jacqueline Wasniewski (218), Circle and Sparta Lanes; Nichole Spratford Opsasnick (217), Rockaway Lanes’ and Lies’l Apgar (213), Rockaway Lanes. Alternates are: Valarie A. Johannessen (212), Stacy Yodice (211), Christine Wyble (211), Karen Jordan (211) and Jan Henderson (211).

Dec. 7 and 8: The 50th annual state youth tournament at Majestic Lanes in Hopelawn. Entry fee will be $20 per person per event for singles, doubles and teams. For an application, go towww.njusbcyouth.com or call Krista at 908-336-8174 or e-mailkblackford9@gmail.com.

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