Bowler has perfect game

The Eagle/Angel Carpenter Jerry Coombs bowled a perfect game April 9 – a first for Nugget Lanes since the bowling alley reopened under new ownership in August last year. It was Coombs' 12th perfect game in his lifetime.

JOHN DAY – Wednesday, April 9, was a perfect day for Jerry Coombs.

The John Day native bowled the first perfect game at the local bowling alley since it re-opened as Nugget Lanes.

Coombs said he was nervous as he neared 300 points.

“It meant quite a lot because I quit bowling in 2010,” after the alley closed down, he said.

“The last one I bowled was in 2009,” he said.

Coombs, who works at Clark’s Disposal, bowls in the Wednesday evening men’s league and the Thursday evening mixed league.

“It’s something to do after work that’s relaxing,” he said.

Grant Benton, who owns the alley with wife Jamie, said “We’re excited that Jerry was the one to shoot the first perfect game. He’s put in many hours helping me work on the mechanics of the lanes.”

Coombs said his mom and sister got him interested in bowling with he was 14, and this was his 12th perfect game.

“I’m waiting for the lucky 13,” he said. “Probably tonight.”

Starting in May, Nugget Lanes will be open 1-9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 1-11p.m. Saturday, and closed Monday and Tuesday.

Monte Carlo at 6 p.m. Wednesday nights will include cash prizes for knocking down certain colored pins.

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