Late-blooming York County bowler compiles record-setting 252 average


It's difficult to believe that Josh Coleman, 29, who averaged a record-setting 252 for 105 games at Hanover Bowling Centre during the 2014-2015 season, wasn't on bowling's radar 10 years ago.

The Hanover right-hander never bowled in a junior league. As an 18-year-old, he was a weekend recreational bowler.

"I liked bowling," he said. "I had fun, and I was good at it. I was surprised by how quickly I picked up the game."

Coleman talked his parents into bowling in a summer league at Hanover Bowling Centre in 2005. He averaged 163.

Jerpy Rinehart, a friend, helped Coleman make his biggest strides on the lanes. They bowled three or four nights a week, sometimes 10 to 12 games a night.

In his first full league season in 2006, Coleman averaged 186. His average jumped to 219 the following season. Unbelievably, Coleman posted a 241 average for the 2008-09 season, tying Terry Miller for the top average in the county.

"I kept practicing, learning about the various aspects of the game and tweaking my game," said Coleman, who is the first York County bowler to average 250 or higher.

Will any county bowler ever surpass Coleman's 252 average? Is there perhaps another late bloomer out there who will surprise everyone?

"With the caliber of bowlers we have in York County, it's possible," Coleman said. "And, if they do, they will deserve it."

The only other York County bowlers to average 240 or higher for the 2014-15 season are: Adam Baer, 248 for 108 games at Hanover Bowling Centre; Jerred Poff, 241 for 87 games at East Lincoln; and Shawn Whorley, 240 for 96 games at East Lincoln.

Note: East Lincoln Lanes hosts Friday Night Fights, a handicap singles tournament, at 7 p.m., the first and third Fridays of each month. The format features five games with the top five advancing to a stepladder finals. The entry fee is $30 per person. For information, call 252-3211.