CEDAR RAPIDS — Alex Brice had no idea what awaited him when he walked into the Cedar Rapids Bowling Center earlier this month to participate in the Staff of Life league.
He never thought it was going to be a career night.
A member of the Beck Plumbing and Pizza Place team with an average of 231, the right-handed Brice bowled on lanes 25 and 26 and all he thought about was for his team to do well and win as many points as they could.
The league starts at 6:10 p.m. and over the next couple of hours the bowling gods smiled upon Brice. He rolled an incredible 877 three-game series with games of 298, 300 and 279. By the end of the night, he had rolled the second highest series in the history of the Cedar Rapids USBC BA, just one pin shy of the record of 878 and a pin ahead of the now third-place series of 876.
Before this amazing night, Brice’s highest series was 796. He rolled his fourth 300 game of his career (and second of this season).
Brice bowls in two leagues — May City Majors (225 average) on Monday evenings at May City Bowl and the Staff of Life at CRBC on Tuesday evenings. His career began in high school, bowling at Marion. He is a senior at Mount Mercy University and a member of the Mustang bowling team.
When the league finished, he had recorded 32 of a possible 36 strikes, two spares and had no open frames. When asked how he felt after, he said he was “excited but trying to grasp what had just happened.”
In his first game, he rolled 11 consecutive strikes. His 12th ball was a little wide, leaving the 4 and 7 pins for his 298. In the second game, he rolled all 12 strikes for the 300 and, in Game 3, the first frame he left the 3 and 6 pins due to throwing a bit harder going through the nose (head pin). He then settled down and threw nine strikes and, in the 11th frame, left a stone 10 pin after getting a little inside for 279.
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The state record for a three-game series is an 899 (300, 299 and 300), shot in 2010 in Clinton. A couple of years ago, a bowler from Davenport rolled an 889 (300, 300 and 289). A perfect 900 series in Iowa can’t be far off.
l Lane Lafler is a public relations committee member with the Cedar Rapids USBC Bowling Association.