Nick Brusseler did not have his best practice round before Tuesday’s match against rival St. Anthony’s. The Chaminade senior had trouble locating his throwing touch.
“I couldn’t find my shot,” Brusseler said. “I was either too far right or too far left.”
But sometime around the sixth or seventh frame, the 17-year-old knew he was locked in.
“I started to realize,” Brusseler said, “I had an opportunity to bowl a 300.”
That’s just what Brusseler did. The Flyers captain rolled his first-ever 300 as part of a 751 series as host Chaminade defeated St. Anthony’s, 1,250-1,076, 1,282-935, 1,207-934, in a CHSAA match at Sheridan Lanes on Tuesday.
Teammate Paul Igel had a 234 in the third game as part of a 620 series, and Bobby Wright added a 257 also in game three of a 694 series for Chaminade (5-0).
“By the time he had four or five strikes in a row,” Flyers coach Terence Fitzgibbon said, “I stopped talking to him entirely.”
The only shaky moment for Brusseler was the 12th and final throw.
“The last shot went too far right, and I thought, ‘Wow, I really blew it.’ But it was unreal,” said Brusseler, whose previous high score was 268. “The ball hit just to the right side of the headpin, and kicked out the eight pin into the two pin for a strike. It just blew me away.”
The St. Anthony’s bowlers and coaches watched, and then, congratulated Brusseler on his accomplishment.
“St. Anthony’s showed great sportsmanship there,” said the Mineola resident.
Brusseler has been going to bowling alleys since he was a four-year-old. He lives within walking distance of Herald Lanes on Herricks Road, and remembers his mom bringing him bowling as a youngster.
“This feels unreal,” Brusseler said. “I’ve been hoping for this for a long time. I’ve had some unlucky breaks in the past.”
But as far as team, Chaminade has had nothing but smooth sailing in the CHSAA. The Flyers have won five straight Catholic team titles and seemed primed for a sixth.
“We have a really strong team, and everyone has the ability to bowl a 300,” Brusseler said. “We have such talented bowlers. . . . Today, everyone did a heck of a job.”