Sandy Reynolds has her feet back on the ground. Her dream game wasn’t a fantasy; it’s etched in history.
“It was the most incredible feeling,” Reynolds said of her first 300 bowling game March 28 at Valley Bowl. “For two weeks I walked around and couldn’t believe it.”
Reynolds, the first and only woman to record a perfect game at Valley, likely recalled the 288 she had rolled there the previous season when she “threw a fast 8” and left the 4-7 split with her 10th ball.
“About the eighth (frame) my heart started pounding,” she said, recalling the 300. “But I was pretty calm” on the next three balls.
“On the last ball, I said, ‘Please let me get to the lane without falling down.’ Everyone said I was standing there forever. I was really nervous.
“When they all fell, I jumped up and down and had tears in my eyes,” she said. “It was like a dream. I was afraid I would wake up in the morning and find out I didn’t roll it.
“I’ve seen a lot of them,” she added, “but I didn’t think I’d ever shoot one.”
Reynolds, who has been bowling competitively for 10 years and had her first 700 series, a 739, at Valley two months before the 300, was the third Spokane woman to bowl a perfect game during the justcompleted season. Kathy Thomas had one at Silver Lanes and Julie Heath at Sports Page.
The month of May was dandy for Spokane’s bowling Hanson family.
Following big efforts in national tournaments by teams involving Sandy, Jim and son Mike, father Jim put an exclamation point on it with his first sanctioned 300 game in 33 years of bowling.
Bowling in the Joseph Voelker Memorial Tournament at Silver Lanes, Jim accomplished a life-long dream in the 11th game.
Denise Tsubota collected her first 700 series, a 707 on games of 236, 235 and 236 during the mixed doubles portion of the Lilac Gala Festival at Lilac Lanes.
Tournament update: Fred Stevens, an employee at North Bowl, rolled a 275 game to cap a 680 series and receive an award in his first American Bowling Congress Tournament… . The Spokane team of Sandy Hanson, Julie Twiss, Kim Sternod, Kathy Thomas and Julie Heath learned it has dropped from first to third in the Women’s International Bowling Congress Tournament in Tucson, Ariz.
The Pacific Northwest Soccer League, which a year ago had 15 teams in two divisions - competitive and recreational - is looking to grow this summer, said chairman Chris Sande.
Registration for teams and individuals runs June 12-26, with league play beginning July 9. Registration forms are available at Just-A-Kick locations in Franklin Park Mall and in the Valley.
The Spokane Parks Department is organizing an 18-and-over sand volleyball league for this summer. Games will be played at Audubon Park, running seven weeks beginning June 27. Those interested can put together a team - the park department won’t take individual registrations. Cost is $205 per team, plus $10 per player, with a minimum six per team. Info: 625-6200.