CBA junior bowler Connor Harrington struck it big on Jan. 8 when he rolled his first career perfect game during Onondaga League High School competition at AMF Strike N Spare.
Harrington, 16, shot his 300 in his first game of a match against Cortland. He finished with games of 226 and 189 for a 724 series.
A bowler since he was 4, Harrington of Syracuse also bowls regularly in youth leagues in addition to varsity competition and the highly-competitive Youth Bowlers Tour in Rochester.
In his own words, Harrington talks about his perfect game and the sport of bowling.
On how he felt as he closed in on a perfect game:
"I kept trying not to think about actually throwing a 300. Instead I thought about keeping balanced and throwing a good shot. I mean if I didn't carry or got a bad break, it would have been pretty disappointing because I've come close to shooting 300 before."
On shooting a 300 at such a young age:
"It means a lot to me. I've been bowling for such a long time and it's really cool to see all of my hard work pay off. I also think it's a huge testament to all of the help I've received from people like my father and Cliff Saliba. I know, without them, I wouldn't have been able to bowl a 300."
On what he likes about bowling:
"I like the competition. I bowl the Youth Bowlers Tour out in Rochester and it's the most competitive bowling I've ever experienced. It's bowling on the PBA pro patterns against kids who are the best in the Rochester area and even some bowlers who go to college."
On Walter Ray Williams, Jr., his favorite bowler:
"I like him because he is one of the greatest bowlers behind Earl Anthony. Also I had the chance to meet him when I was younger and he is a really nice guy."