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Woman rolls perfect 300

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KENNETH M. VELOSKEY
March 18, 2009
— Pollie McCarthy of Janesville has made the big time at last.

The 71 year-old McCarthy rolled her first 300 here Tuesday night in the Women’s City League at RiversEdge Bowl.


McCarthy joins an elite group of women to roll a perfect game in Janesville league bowling, and is the oldest woman to roll a 300 in Janesville.


Last week, McCarthy strung together 10 strikes after leaving an open second frame.


“I thought that was as close as I was going to get to a 300,” said McCarthy, who along with her husband Jerry, has been a fixture in Janesville bowling since the mid-1960s.


The magic didn’t disappear this time, and McCarthy didn’t see the perfection coming until late.


“I didn’t know I had a chance at a 300 until the 10th frame,” she said. “I got nervous.’’


Keeping her mind on bowling, McCarthy survived the jitters and stayed focused on the task at hand.


“My friend told me everybody stopped bowling and it got quiet, but I didn’t notice,” McCarthy said.


McCarthy rolled her 12th ball into the pocket to earn perfection.


“I just thought to put it out there and get through the shot,” said McCarthy, who had one Brooklyn strike during the string.


The 1991 Janesville Bowling Association Hall of Fame inductee also rolled a 180 and 222 and finished with 703 series to add to her 732 series she bowled last October.


The perfect game seals McCarthy’s comeback from a tough season last year, and put her on equal footing with Jerry, a JBA Hall of Famer who has rolled six perfect games.


“I’m just as excited about it as she is,” Jerry said. “It’s something we’ve been talking about for some time.’’


Pollie finally put words into action.



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