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David Walsh: Huntington's Nora Ball bowls another perfect game

Nov. 11, 2012 @ 12:26 AM

If anyone's game is suffering, maybe they should turn to Nora Ball for help.

Ball, a regular on the Huntington USBC Women's All-City Team, bowled a perfect game Monday night in the Bombers League at Colonial Lanes. The 300 is the third of the right-hander's career, not second as I reported earlier. Sorry, Nora, missed one.

"My knees weren't shaking as bad. I still jumped up and down," Ball said, referring to her emotions before and after her final shot. "I try not to look at the monitor. It's focus on the shot when it's your turn."

The 300 came in game one. Ball closed with a 258 for a 751 series. Ball now carries a 220 average on Mondays and 213 in the Roger Workman Memorial Trio League on Thursdays (also at Colonial). That's why those struggling to break 500 for a shift -- that's me -- should give her a call or show up on Saturday mornings at Colonial.

In addition to being a good bowler, Ball's helping develop future stars as she's one of the coaches in the Colonial junior program. She knows two students well -- her children Skylar and Kodi.

"It's a lot of fun," Ball said. Coaches devote time to instruction and then competition.

As for the perfect games, Ball got her first in 2009 and the second in February in the Trio League.

She changed her delivery a while back and the mechanics are working.

"I know my starting point," she said. "One I got the 11th (strike), I knew I'd get an award (11 in a row), I said, "whew, I can do it.' All the shots were there."

Ball's husband Dennis has rolled a few perfect games, too.

"We're not rivals," she said, adding they're each other's biggest backers.

HARRELL MEMORIAL: The 22nd Harrell Memorial Match Games conclude Sunday at Colonial Lanes. It's unfortunate the tournament had just 25 entries. Henry Harrell did a lot for bowling in Huntington, West Virginia and around the country. It's a shame the event does't get the support it once did.

Qualifying and the first round of match play were held Saturday. Remaining match-play rounds continue Sunday starting at 1 p.m. Matches are two games, total pins with handicap.

TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS: In-house tournament season at Colonial concludes Nov. 18 for the scratch division and Dec. 2 for the handicap division.

The WTBA London oil pattern will be used for the scratch TofC. Bowling starts at 2 p.m. After qualifying, the eliminator finals will be used for the championship round. Entry fee is $40 and first prize is $300 (guaranteed). The handicap TofC will start at 2 p.m. on Dec. 2. Qualifiers for both events are listed at www.coloniallaneswv.com.

PBA HISTORY: Fawaz Abdulla, one of seven members of the Bahrain national bowling team, has qualified for the stepladders finals for the PBA Tour's Chameleon Championship. PBA Tour.com writer Jerry Schneider reports Abdulla becomes the first player from Bahrain -- or any other Middle East country, for that matter -- to qualify for an ESPN-televised stepladder final.

The Chameleon finals, along with four other Tour events including the PBA World Championship, plus the World Bowing Tour finals will be conducted this weekend in Las Vegas in a special two-lane bowling arena inside South Point Hotel's Exhibition Hall. The Chameleon finals will be taped and will air on ESPN on Dec. 30. Abdulla compiled an impressive 238.07 average for 14 games on a challenging lane condition, which put him ahead of 236 other world-class bowlers in the World Series field.

Abdulla is No. 4 seed and will meet former PBA Rookie of the Year Scott Norton in the first match. Walter Ray Williams Jr., who's won a tour record 47 titles, is No. 2 seed and two-handed sensation Jason Belmonte is top seed. He led with a 247 average. A rundown on PBA Tour results in Las Vegas is available on pbatour.com.

David Walsh is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at 304-526-2759 or dwalsh@herald-dispatch.com.

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