November 24, 2014

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Medina man bowls perfect 900 in tournament

If there’s one thing Matt Latarski learned this weekend, it’s that far-­fetched goals can be reached.

On Sunday, the 23-year-old Medina resident bowled a perfect 900 in a league series at Roseland Lanes in Oakwood.

Matt Latarski becomes only 17th person to accomplish a perfect game at a tournament in Oakwood. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JENNIFER PIGNOLET)

Matt Latarski becomes only 17th person to accomplish a perfect game at a tournament in Oakwood. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JENNIFER PIGNOLET)

That’s three perfect games in a row, an achievement only 17 people had accomplished before this weekend, according to the United States Bowling Congress’ website.

“It didn’t matter where I threw the ball,” Latarski said at the Medina Lanes where he came to cel­ebrate his team’s vic­tory Sunday after­noon. “Everything was just right there. I couldn’t miss.”

Latarski’s father, uncle, grandfather and several friends were there Sunday to witness the effort.

By the ninth frame of the last game, Latarski said everyone in the bowling alley had stopped playing to watch him.

He said his father, Kevin Latarski, was “even more nervous than I was” down the stretch.

“I was a wreck,” Kevin Latarski said. “I’ve seen 300s before, but not like that.” Matt Latarski said he has been bowling with his family since he was 5 years old.

“I love the competition,” he said.

The ball he used to achieve perfec­tion Sunday was a 15-year-old 16-pounder that his father used before him. Each bowling member of the fam­ily has bowled at least one 300, Latarski said.

He said he had bowled a 300 six times before, the first at Medina Lanes when he was 16, but the idea of doing it three times in a row seemed unreal.

“It still hasn’t even sunk in yet,” he said.

Perhaps the solid-gold and diamond ring he will receive for the accomplish­ment will serve as a reminder.

Latarski said he hopes to be able to become a professional bowler, but in the meantime, he’s not worried about peaking too early in his career.

“I’ll just keep at it and hope for the best,” he said.

Contact Jennifer Pignolet at (330) 721-4063 or jpignolet@medina-gazette.com.