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Woods bowls perfect game; Coleman takes YABA honor

By By Mike Carson/The Meridian Star
Nov. 13, 2001
A couple of bowlers vie for the golden star this week. Congratulations go out to Barry Woods who got it all together and punched out his first career perfect game during action in the Queen City league. Barry created a few anxious moments after a "I don't believe it carried" eleventh ball to gather his wits and reach back for that little extra to bury the 12th shot. After a couple of near misses Barry was finally able to reach the 300 plateau much to the delight of onlookers. He also held it together long enough to record a week high 790 series. It was the fourth perfect game of the season at Dixie Bowl. Thomas Clay, Stan Bottorff and M.A. Copeland attained perfection earlier in the season.
Also making news, at the recently completed State Jamboree in Petal, Meridian junior bowler Josh Coleman received the YABA High Average Award for the State of Mississippi in the Junior Division (ages 12-14). The talented 14-year old finished the 2000-2001 season with a 178 to bring home the coveted trophy. It goes to show what practice and hard work can do. Congratulations to both Barry and Josh on their accomplishments!
Sadly, for the second time in two weeks, Meridian bowlers were shocked by the loss of one of our own when Bob Jordan passed away unexpectedly following a brief illness. Bob's love of the game will be remembered by all who knew him. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends in their of sorrow.
In other local action, Shirley Gaines turned in a nice performance while scattering pins for a 264 game and a 673 series to lead the ladies in both high game and high series for the week. Billie Coleman turned in a 254 game, Jane Gibson carded a 235 and Pat James chipped in with a 231.
Charlie Walton reached the "7" mark for the first time this week, recording a 701 series in the Hucklebuck league.
The Meridian Bowling Association is again sponsoring a "Turkey Shoot" for the next two weeks immediately following all leagues. The cost to enter is only $1 and you may enter up to three times each evening you bowl. Men must knock down eight or more pins across ten lanes and ladies must knock down 8 pins or more across eight lanes. Bring an extra dollar or two and join in the fun!