Archive for Wednesday, August 22, 2001

Tonganoxie bowler places in division

August 22, 2001

What started out as something to do has turned into college money for Nelson Bell of Tonganoxie.

The THS freshman took first in his division in the Kansas City Open bowling tournament Aug. 11 at Independence AMF in Independence, Mo. Bell won against 29 others in his division and earned a $1,000 scholarship for the university, community college or trade school of his choice. Bell started bowling when he was 6 and has been bowling ever since.

His years of experience seem to have paid off. Bell's high game is 236 and a 1,133 series helped him win his division.

At the Kansas City Open, Bell had to finish bowling against a 10-year-old girl from Overland Park who he had lost to earlier in the year.

"He told her, 'I'm not gonna lose to you,'" Pat Bell said about her son facing the younger bowler. "And she said, 'Oh yes you are.'"

Turns out Nelson was a better forecaster. He bowled two series of three games. In the first series, Bell bowled a 165, 186 and a 163 game with a 27-pin handicap in the first series, and a 193, 172 and a 200 game with the same handicap in the second series. In the bowl-off championship round, Bell scored a 176 for the title.

Overall, the tournament had about150 participants in various divisions. The Kansas City Open wasn't Bell's lone tournament this year. He's competed in 10 total, including one in Wichita. Tournaments are nothing new to Bell. The local bowler has been involved with many tournaments in his early career, but preparing for tournaments changed when the Tonganoxie bowling alley closed nearly two years ago. Bell travels to Park Lanes in Lenexa to practice for tournaments.

Bell, who also plays baseball, hasn't given much thought into which university or place of higher education he'll attend, but he hasn't ruled out bowling on a collegiate team.

"I kind of think I might," Bell said.

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