Area duckpin bowlers turned in two record performances within a week recently.
On Oct. 14 at Parkville Bowling Center, Carol's Clan rolled an 816 single game, breaking the national mark of 808 for a five-member, mixed-team single game. On Saturday at Fair Lanes Westview, David Kowalski tied the all-time single-game record with a 269.
Kowalski carries a 135 average in the Monday Night House League at Greenway Bowl East. He bowled the 269 in Amateur Duckpin Tour competition to tie the record set by Marty Knight and tied earlier this year by Dale Long.
And though he bowled 134 pins over his average, Kowalski, who is from Rosedale, said he didn't do anything different.
"I still throw an old set of rubber bowling balls, and I still have the same delivery," said Kowalski, an assistant manager in USF&G's Network Control Center. "I'm a spot bowler, and I found a spot I liked and I was able to keep hitting it."
Kowalski's effort included eight consecutive strikes.
The record-setting game by Carol's Clan included an individual mark nearly matching Kowalski's. David Young also had eight strikes in a row on his way to a 265 score.
David Young is the son of Carol Young, for whom the team is named. She rolled a 107, her daughter Caryn Young had a 155, Lenny O'Brien contributed a 146 and Caryn Wood a 135. That adds to 808, and an eight-pin handicap made it 816.