April 7, 2013

Steve Solloway: The stop in Maine was up his alley

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One pin standing in one corner, another pin in the opposite corner? No problem for Parker Bohn III, who used two balls at the same time to knock them down and give a taste of the talent that put him in the PBA Hall of Fame.

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Parker Bohn III dropping in to give a bowling demonstration at Spare Time Lanes in Portland was like Paul Pierce dropping by to shoot baskets on a park court. The Hall of Famer showed his talent and the fans were appreciative.

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MAINE STATE OPEN

WHO: April 6 through May 5 (weekends)

WHERE: Spare Time Family Fun Center, Riverside Street, Portland

WHAT: Tournament for teams and singles, sanctioned by the United States Bowling Congress

When some normalcy returned, Bohn decided at the last minute to fly to Las Vegas. He missed practice sessions. With power out, he had been unable to practice in New Jersey. He started the tournament cold. He started bowling, not looking ahead. Maybe he could sneak into the Round of 24, which eventually would be whittled to five finalists. Bohn got the 24th spot by three pins.

He was the fifth of five finalists. He beat Dan MacLelland, a Canadian who Bohn believes will be one of the sport's superstars. He beat youngsters who had grown up watching him win. Finally he faced Jason Belmonte of Australia, 20 years younger. Bohn won.

"Age takes away agility. It adds to reaction time. I can't practice as long as I did when I was 20, but I practice smarter. I realize I'm still doing something a lot of people have no chance of doing."

With daddy on the verge of a startling victory, Bohn's wife and children joined him in Las Vegas. He has two adult sons from his first marriage. The oldest in his second family is not yet 10.

"They won't forget the excitement of what happened and if they do, they've got video."

The sound of balls crashing into pins punctuated his words as the Maine Open rolled through its first hour. During the opening ceremonies he met the Casco Bay Cyclones, winners of the recent high school state championship, offering encouragement and tips.

Bowlers are good people, he said. Here and elsewhere. They know how to enjoy their success and help others. Somewhere there's another Earl Anthony or Walter Ray Williams Jr., said Bohn, evoking two of the sport's biggest stars.

Somewhere there's another Parker Bohn III.

Steve Solloway can be contacted at 791-6412 or at:

ssolloway@pressherald.com

Twitter: SteveSolloway

 

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