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We missed this, but still, there is really just one 900 series that really counts, and that was by Glenn Allison.  We've spoken about Glenn's achievement many times.  And we've spoken about how it's highway robbery that the USBC does not recognize his 900 series.  At least bowlers all around do.
Illinois bowler rolls 900 series

March 26, 2010

USBC Communications

Andrew Mank of Belleville, Ill. has joined an elite club becoming the 15th bowler in history to roll a United States Bowling Congress-approved 900 series. 

“In the ninth frame of the third game I rang a 10 pin,” Mank said. “Then a messenger came and took it out. Thank God.”
Mank, 22 rolled 36 consecutive strikes March 18 in the Thursday Men’s Handicap League at Bel-Air Bowl in Belleville.  Everyone in the bowling center gathered behind lanes one and two to watch his final frames.

“The whole place went wild like a Cardinals baseball game,” Bel-Air Bowl staff member Paulette McCullough said. “We were all so happy for him.”

Mank, who started bowling at age 3, had several certified 300 games and 800 series to his credit heading into this season. Mank aspires to bowl professionally some day and said he is thrilled his league voted to be a USBC certified league allowing the accomplishment to go in the record books.

“I am glad it was certified,” Mank said. “If it wasn’t, who knows if it could ever happen for me again.”

The first USBC approved 900 occured Feb. 2, 1997 when Jeremy Sonnenfeld rolled three consecutive perfect games in Lincoln, Neb.  There has never been a 900 on Sport Bowling lane conditions. Mank said he will be looking for a PBA Experience USBC Sport league this summer in the hopes of being the first.

“I love challenges,” Mank said.

USBC Approved 900 Series
Jeremy Sonnenfeld, Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 2, 1997
Tony Roventini, Milwaukee, Nov. 9, 1998
Vince Wood, Moreno Valley, Calif., Sept. 29, 1999
Robby Portalatin, Jackson, Mich., Dec. 28, 2000
James Hylton, Salem, Ore., May 2, 2001
Jeff Campbell II, New Castle, Pa., June 12, 2004
Darin Pomije, New Prague, Minn., Dec. 9, 2004
Robert Mushtare, Fort Drum, N.Y., Dec. 5, 2005 and Feb. 19, 2006
Lonnie Billiter Jr., Fairfield, Ohio, Feb. 13, 2006
Mark Wukoman, Greenfield, Wis., April 22, 2006
P.J. Giesfeldt, Milwaukee, Dec. 23, 2007
Rich Jerome Jr., Baltimore, Dec. 22, 2008
Chris Aker, Winnemucca, Nev., Oct. 30, 2009
Andrew Teall, Medford, N.J., Nov. 2, 2009
Andrew Mank, Belleville, Ill. March 18, 2010

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Belleville bowler rolls a historic 900-series
Andy Mank
Andy Mank (P-D)
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

Belleville — Andy Mank was just helping out a pal. Turns out, things worked out perfectly.

Subbing for his friend, David Briley, in the men's handicap league March 18 at Bel-Air Bowl, Mank rolled a 900 series — three perfect games.

"He called me at the last minute and said he had to go to work," Mank said. "It was rare that he called me, so I wasn't expecting it."

Mank's feat — 36 strikes in a row — also could be classified as rare, according to Sandy Darnstaedt, president of the Tri-County Illinois Association of the U.S. Bowling Congress. The USBC has sanctioned Mank's 900, the first perfect series in Illinois or Missouri and the 16th nationally since 1997. 

"Since it happens only about once a year, it's a pretty big deal," she said.

Mank, 22, started bowling at age 3 and entered his first league — with bumpers in the gutters — a year later. He bowls three to five nights a week and would like to turn pro some day but is studying welding at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville to have something to fall back on.

He said he had rolled 16 perfect games, the most recent in November, and had an 840 series as a senior at Belleville East High.

The experience helped Mank keep his cool on the big night. He had seen a small crowd gather for the ninth or 10th frame in many of his previous perfect games and had been able to shut out distractions to seal the deal. The night of the perfect series proved slightly different.

"After he bowled his second 300, there were a few off-the-cuff remarks that maybe he could throw a 900," said Dale Strom, operations manager at Bel-Air. "By the third or fourth frame, people started wandering down to watch. Even I made sure I peeked over to watch him from the fourth frame on. We get a 300 game every couple weeks, but I realized this was something special that I didn't want to miss."

By the time Mank reached the ninth frame of the third game, Strom said, the entire crowd of roughly 160 bowlers had gathered around Lanes 1 and 2, where Mank was bowling.

Mank said he realized the perfect series was within reach at that point, when a pin slid across the lane and gently tapped over the 10 pin.

"After the 11th one, that's when I got nervous," he said. "I saw all the other bowlers and the workers standing around. I said, 'I guess I've got to do this.' It's a neat experience to have everyone screaming, but it's still a little hard to believe."

Mank stayed on a roll, so to speak. After his perfect series, he met friends to unwind at the Casino Queen, won $200 in the slot machines but decided to call it a night just after midnight.

"I didn't want to push it," he said. "I think Thursday was my night."

Mank isn't quite finished with the accolades, though. Darnstaedt said that with the certification, the USBC would send Mank a commemorative ring.

"We're still debating what to do for Andy, but I'm sure we'll come up with something," she said.
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I can't tell from that second picture....what brand ball did he throw? 

Not to take anything away from his accomplishment, but 16 perfect games by age 22?  That's kinda ridiculous.




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I can't tell from that second picture....what brand ball did he throw? 

Not to take anything away from his accomplishment, but 16 perfect games by age 22?  That's kinda ridiculous.




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I know...I was being sarcastic.

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Oh wow, Belleville isn't too far from here. Guess that means I'll have to roll one now, so in 2080 I'll be in the news!
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