On the Lanes: Kennard-Dale's David Drake, 17, rolls 792 series at Suburban Bowlerama

  • David Drake, 17, recently rolled a 792 series at Suburban Bowlerama.
  • Drake had games of 267, 267 and 258.
  • Drake attends Kennard-Dale High School.

Kennard-Dale High School's David Drake, 17, recently rolled a 792 series at Suburban Bowlerama.

David Drake

Drake talks about his feat for this edition of our occasional feature called On the Lanes:

How surprised were you with the 792 series?

"I was shocked. I rolled games of 267, 267 and 258 at Suburban Bowlerama. My previous high series was 702. I didn't expect to put together three solid games like that.  I was happy with the 792 series, but I would have liked to finished with an 800. I needed a strike on the first ball in the 10th, but I left a 7-pin." 

How did you get started bowling?

"It's a funny story. I went to a yard sale and saw a pair of used bowling shoes there. I said to myself, 'I think that's something I would like to do.' I bought the shoes and joined a junior league. I've only been bowling three years.

Who has helped you the most?

"Junior league coaches Mr. (Joel) Logan and Mr. (Rich) Heilman have been most helpful. Mr. Logan is also my English teacher at Kennard-Dale High School."

What part of your game have you been working on?

"There are a lot of things, but mainly my speed to the line, staying balanced at the line and my timing."

What's your best bowling experience so far?

"This past summer I got to travel to Cleveland to compete in the Junior Gold Championships. There were bowlers from all over the country there. It was a cool experience and I learned a lot."

What are your future goals?

Roll a 300 game and an 800 series.

Note: Suburban Bowlerama hosts the York Area Handicap Doubles Tournament at 1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 5. The format is scotch doubles. The handicap is 90 percent of 230 and one in four cashes. The entry fee is $45 per team. This is the first in a monthly series of tournaments. Bowlers who compete in five of the seven tournaments are eligible to win a 50-inch flat-screen television in a random drawing at the end of the season.

Barry Sparks of the York County Bowling Proprietors Association supplied this story.