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Kendra McCallum rolls fourth best bowling series in C.R. history

Community: Former Mount Mercy bowler rolls 826 last month

Kendra McCallum and some her Mount Mercy University teammates pose for a photo during her days on the Mustang team. She recently rolled a 826 series, the four best in Cedar Rapids history. (Mount Mercy University)
Kendra McCallum and some her Mount Mercy University teammates pose for a photo during her days on the Mustang team. She recently rolled a 826 series, the four best in Cedar Rapids history. (Mount Mercy University)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Kendra McCallum was bowling in Lucky Strikes Women’s League at May City Bowl early last month, hoping to do well individually and to have fun with her teammates — just like any other night.

McCallum — a member of the Advantage Chiropractic team along with Nicole Petersen, Cassandra Neff and Brooke Post — had no idea the “Bowling Gods” would be smiling her on this night.

McCallum was feeling the groove as her shots were finding the mark. In here first game, she had 10 strikes for a 280 game. Game 2 was a different story. She came out and ran a few strikes and then left a split in which she spared and then ran a string of eight strikes before leaving a 10 pin for 267 (10 strikes). She was dialed in in Game 3 with a string of eight strikes and, in the ninth frame, she threw a flush pocket hit and left a stone 9 pin. She spared that and then struck out in the 10th for a nice 279 (11 strikes).

In all, she had 31 strikes and a couple of spares and with the games of 280, 267 and 279 gave her a real nice 826, the highest series of her career.

Before this awesome night, her highest series was 804. She has two 299 games and three 300 games to her credit.

McCallum bowls in three leagues, Lucky Strikes on Wednesday evenings (230 average) at May City Bowl then the Half and Half league (218 average) and the Late Comers (220 average as a sub) at the Cedar Rapids Bowling Center.

Her career began in high school in Muscatine. She graduated from Mount Mercy University in 2016 and was on their bowling team for four years.

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“Very excited and it was great that my teammates kept me busy,” McCallum said about her big night.

With everything said and done at the end of the night, McCallum found herself tied with the fourth highest series by a woman in Cedar Rapids with the 826. She shares that standard with Danielle Bentley, who rolled it in October 2014.

The highest series in Cedar Rapids for women is 843 by Shawna Sailor in December 2005. which also remains a state record. The second highest in the city is by Tricia Nederhiser at 836 and that is closely followed by Cherie Roe’s 835.

l Lane Lafler is a public relations committee member with the Cedar Rapids USBC Bowling Association.

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