NOVA -- James Grewell of Nova accomplished a feat Feb. 9 at New London Lanes that one can only dream about and very little have accomplished. He rolled a 300, 299, and 290 for series total of 889 - only 11 pins away from a perfect 900 in the New London City Bowling Tournament.
He is the son of Teresa Grewell of Nova and Jeff and Sheri Grewell of Port Washington, and grandson of Richard and Esther Schworm and Vi Grewell of Newcomerstown,
John and Jim Hofacker, proprietors of the lanes, said as far as they know this series was probably the highest score in the world yet for this bowling season and they don't expect it to be duplicated.
The Hofackers, who took over the lanes in 2012, said almost all of their league bowlers averages have increased in the last two years due to the lanes being resurfaced, a new lane machine, and the same oil pattern every week.
In the last two bowling seasons, there have been seven perfect games, three 299s and several people who have come close to the house record series of 814.
But Grewell went off the charts with his 889 setting a new house record.
Josh Harner was Grewell's partner that night and he calls the feat "unbelievable."
"Every ball was going right in the pocket. It was just his night," Harner said.
Grewell, a 2001 graduate of Mapleton High School who works at Green Circle Growers, doesn't have a lot to say about his success except, "I am still trying to figure out how I had one of those nights when everything was falling for me."
Grewell carries a 217 average in league bowling.
When asked if he ever expects to repeat his Feb. 9 performance, he said he might, but it probably won't be for a while.
The Hofackers, who have made many improvements to the lanes, call Grewell's success, "gratifying because it makes all the work worth while."