The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

March 16, 2013

Henry: Clark's 300 caps 796 series

By Jim Henry
Globe Sports Editor

— Jeremy Clark’s bowling kept improving, and by the end of the night, he was nothing short of perfect.

Clark bowled a 300 game to cap a 796 series in the Sunday night mixed league at Fourth Street Bowl.

It was his 16th career perfect game and the first since he bowled back-to-back 300s three years ago.

“I was a little nervous in the 10th  because it’s been a while,” he said. “The 11th ball was a little light but it carried. Everything else was solid.”

Actually Clark almost repeated his back-to-back perfect games. He started the second game with a strike, picked up a spare in the second frame and finished with 10 strikes for a 280 game.

He bowled 216 in the first game, striking out on the final five balls. All totaled, he threw strikes on 28 of his last 29 balls.

“It wasn’t the best start for the night but it finished great,” he said.

Clark, who turns 38 in May, began bowling when he was about 10 years old.

“My grandmother (Collette Schweitzer) and my dad (Chuck Clark) got me started when I was a kid, and it kind of progressed from there,” he said.

“Bowling was something my grandmother liked to do. When they lived in Rogers (Ark.), we would go down and visit them and go bowling. As I got older, my dad got me into the leagues. Then I started bowling youth-adult with my dad, moved on to the youth leagues, then moved into adult leagues.

“I’ve had a little help from people over the years, coaching here and there from coaches in youth. But it all started with my grandmother and dad.”