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  • Pucko's Perspective: Somethings are just better than perfection

  • How good are things going for you when you bowl a perfect 300 game and it’s not the highlight of your week? That’s the situation Hilton senior Anai Flanagan found herself last month.

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  • How good are things going for you when you bowl a perfect 300 game and it’s not the highlight of your week? That’s the situation Hilton senior Anai Flanagan found herself last month.
    Flanagan is the captain and anchor bowler on the Hilton High School girls team. Two days prior to rolling her first perfect game, she was part of a national record breaking performance. The Cadets put together a five score total of 1198 pins. That’s an average of slightly better than 239 per bowler. Five girls. One an 8th grader. Amazing.
    “It was very exciting,” said Hanna Petroske. “I am very proud. I couldn’t be more happy about it.”
    Four of the five bettered their league averages. Two scored personal bests. Nicole Simon’s 258 led the way. Simon was a softball player last year. She’s back where she belongs.
    “I’m a way better at bowling,” says Simons. “I’ve been bowling since I was little. I just started softball a couple of years ago after my dad got me into it, but I like bowling a lot better.”
     
    “We knew when we got Nicole Simons back this year, we knew at the start of the season that we had five girls who if they all hit at the same time, they could put up a serious number,” said coach Jim Feeley. “We didn’t know how serious a number it would be.”
    Added to Simons’ 258 was Flanagan’s 247, Petroske’s 248, and Sarah Gerkin’s 242. Sarah is the 8th grader. Steph Urbonas rolled a 193. Sports being what it is, Urbonas blames herself for the team’s failure to reach 1200.
     
    “I didn’t really give that much,” said Urbonas. “I was getting tapped. I know it’s not all my fault, but if I had a 200, it would have been 1200.”
     
    For Flanagan, who added the perfect game two days later, it was a week to remember that will be tough to top.
    “I’d say they’re both equally the same,” said Flanagan. “I couldn’t ask for a better team. And the 300 of course is what I’ve been striving for since I was a little kid, so that was amazing too.”
     
    It was better than perfection.
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