School Closings & Delays

81-Year-Old Bowls First 300 Game

EXETER — It’s the video clip that’s has more than 6000 shares on Facebook and has now been seen by bowlers around the world. One, two, three strikes and 81-year-old Ray Niedzwiecki, of Swoyersville,bowled his very first 300 perfect game.

“Our team had already won the championship, and I was going to try bowling with his other ball I had,” said Ray Niedzwiecki, of Swoyersville.

But the captain of Ray’s bowling league encouraged him to use his regular ball here at Modern Lanes in Exeter.

“”He says, ‘No, don’t do that. We’re going to go all out. We want to win as much as we can.’ So then I just put the other ball away, and I done good,” said Niedzwiecki.

Modern Lanes owner Mark Mancini says the whole place stopped to watch Ray play.

“It just kept getting louder and louder every time that he got up, and when he got up to the tenth frame, everything just kind of stopped,” said Modern Lanes owner Mark Mancini.

A perfect 300 game is 12 strikes in a row. Ray says he’s come close a few times but never did it until this week. He says say practice makes perfect.

“You got to practice a lot, and you’ll get better. Don’t give up,” said Niedzwiecki.

After all, Ray never gave up, even after playing 11 games of 11 strikes over the years.

“It’s a super hard achievement for anybody, but to be 81-years-old and accomplish it, it was the most amazing thing I ever saw,” said Mancini.

Ray says he’s been bowling since 1949 and plans to keep throwing strikes for years to come.

3 comments

  • kathryn mineo

    At any age a perfect game is quite an achievement, but at 81, it shows what patience and determination can do….great job, Ray! That’s quite an arm you must have there! and consistent delivery! I’m in my early 60’s and never could get over a 150 game; i could only dream of a perfect game! Well done! Congratulations!

  • George V

    I hope at the age of 81…I can still spell bowling… or… lift a bowling ball… or heck…even just watch bowling on TV! Amazing skills for anyone, let alone 81! Great job!

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