Cincinnati-area bowler rolls 900-Series


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    Lonnie Billiter Jr. achieves eighth approved 300 triplicate score

    A Cincinnati-area bowler has rolled the eighth approved perfect three-game series in the 111-year history of certified league bowling and the first under the United States Bowling Congress.

    Lonnie Billiter Jr. rolled three consecutive 300-games for a 900-series Feb. 13 in the Bergeron Memorial League at Fairfield Lanes in the Cincinnati suburb of Fairfield, Ohio. The 24-year-old Colerain Township resident became the first person to bowl a USBC-approved 900-series since Darin Pomije of New Prague, Minn., on Dec. 9, 2004.

    USBC officially approved Billiter's score today after completing the standard verification process after an honor score is rolled.

    "It was never something I ever thought about doing, never even dreamed it," Billiter told the Hamilton (Ohio) JournalNews just after completing the momentous feat. "I'm still not settled down yet. I'm just in a daze."

    About halfway through Billiter's third game, a large crowd gathered inside Fairfield Lanes and action on the other 39 lanes stopped as spectators tried to catch a glimpse of what they hoped would be an historic performance, according to the JournalNews article.

    "After I threw the first nine, yeah, I knew I was going to do it," Billiter told the JournalNews. "I was pretty confident."

    Billiter stepped to the approach and rolled three strikes in the 10th frame of the final game to nail down the 900, then was mobbed by onlookers.

    Billiter, who currently carries a 225 league average, has 16 certified 300-games and eight certified 800-series to his credit.

    Following is a list of the eight approved 900 series with name, city and the date the score was bowled: (Note: All scores before Billiter were approved by the American Bowling Congress, one of the organizations that merged to form USBC.)

    * Lonnie Billiter Jr., Fairfield, Ohio, Feb. 13, 2006
    * Darin Pomije, New Prague, Minn., Dec. 9, 2004
    * Jeff Campbell II, New Castle, Pa., June 12, 2004
    * James Hylton, Salem, Ore., May 2, 2001
    * Robby Portalatin, Jackson, Mich., Dec. 28, 2000
    * Vince Wood, Moreno Valley, Calif., Sept, 29, 1999
    * Tony Roventini, Milwaukee, Nov. 9, 1998
    * Jeremy Sonnenfeld, Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 2, 1997

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