Kevin Mixter and his brother, Tim, of Hanover, learned to bowl in the Special Olympics program.
The York County brothers loved to bowl and frequently went to Hanover Bowling Centre to practice and have fun. Before long, they were asked to join a league.
Kevin, 39, and Tim, 35, have been very successful on the lanes. Last season, Kevin averaged 204 for 105 games, while Tim chalked up a 173 average for 78 games at HBC.
Kevin, a tall right-hander, recently notched the highlight of his bowling career when he rolled games of 237, 279 and 289 for a personal-high series of 805. He also flirted with a perfect game, tallying the first 10 strikes in the third game.
In 2010, Tim recorded the first 10 strikes in a game and finished with a 289.
Kevin said he was focused on a perfect game, rather than an 800 series.
"I was nervous," he confessed. "After the 10th strike, I put my ball down and waited a bit, just to calm myself down. My legs were shaking, but I told myself I could do it."
Kevin reminded himself to bowl the way he had all night.
"I just wanted to bowl the best I could," he said.
He took a couple deep breaths at the line and delivered the ball. He got down on one knee to help coax the ball to the pocket. Unfortunately, he had pulled the ball and it went wide right of the pocket, leaving the solid 10-pin. Even though he missed the strike, the nine-count pushed him over the 800 plateau. He calmly converted the lone pin.
"I was excited and shocked," he said. "I was happy with myself. I never expected to have such a big night."
As Kevin concluded his game, a host of bowlers gave him high fives and offered their congratulations.
"It seemed as if half of the bowling center gave me high fives," he said.
Kevin admitted he was a little disappointed with missing the perfect game, but that was more than offset by the 805 series.
"Rolling a 300 game is still one of my goals," he said.
Reach Barry Sparks at firstname.lastname@example.org. This story was provided through the York County Bowling Proprietors Association.