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December 6, 2009

KEGLER'S KORNER: Crystal Sullivan shoots 299 on tough Greencastle lanes

TERRE HAUTE — Crystal Sullivan has been a dominate force among women bowlers in Terre Haute through the years. In fact, just as good, if not better at times, than the male bowlers she regularly bowls alongside.

For example, Sullivan one-upped the male bowlers in the Eagles Mixed League at Vigo Bowl on Saturday. Sullivan rolled a 265 game and a 674 three-game series, topping Butch Crumbo’s 253 and 667. Sullivan is averaging 217.1 in the league.

She also rolled an 807 series — her third career 800 — and shot her 11th 300 game during the current season in the Bowler’s Ball Pro Shop League at Vigo Bowl.

But since those accomplishments are a regular occurrence — for her, that is — they are not particularly newsworthy.

What is newsworthy is Sullivan, who lives in Carbon, established two city records in Greencastle at Alex Alleys (formerly Varsity Lanes). If you recall, current owner, Charlie “The Greek” Alex, bowled in the long-ago West Central Bowlers Association events.

But I digress.

Sullivan shot a 299 game and a 716 three-game series on the Greencastle lanes to set new city records. In this day and age, those scores are pretty ho-hum in the new high-scoring environment of bowling.

But anyone who has bowled in Greencastle is aware, high scores are a rarity. Just 11 perfect games and only one 800 series have been recorded in the establishment’s 60-year existence, attesting to the difficult lane conditions.

The previous high game for a woman was 290, shot back in the mid 1970s and no woman had ever topped the 700 plateau. Showing it was no fluke, Sullivan followed up with another 700 series.

All this information was passed along by Sullivan’s significant other, Jason Hiddle. Hiddle averages 224 in the Eagles Mixed League, so he knows Crystal’s accomplishment is quite a feat — despite his skills, his best game/series in Greencastle is “just” 268 and 686.

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