Bowling: City four-man team record falls

It was one for the record books — locally and nationally.

Dean Conard, Curt Rasnic Sr., Curtiss Rasnic and Chris Via combined for an 1,103 single-game score during the Greater Dayton United States Bowling Congress city team tournament at Pla-Mor Lanes. Curtiss Rasnic led the way with a 300, while his dad, Curt, was two pins back with 298. Via and Conard rounded out the record-breaking effort with 279 and 226, respectively.

The previous city record for a high game by a four-man team was 1,084, tallied in the 1999-2000 season by Jeremy Lee, Chris Lee, Stan Swanson and Ryan Field. The Dayton team is also currently tied with a squad from Virginia for the high four-man game nationally.

“I’ve been bowling a long time, but I’ve never had a national high game,” Curt said.

It wasn’t promising early in the three-game series as the first game proved to be a bit of trial-and-error.

“I was struggling, a few of us were,” Curt said. “I switched balls, Chris did too, and we were just trying to get everyone lined up.”

The adjustments paid off in the second game as three of the four bowlers rattled off strikes through the sixth frame. Curtiss closed out the game perfect, recording his 20th career 300, while his dad fell two pins shy.

“He should have had them all, he actually threw a better ball than I did,” Curtiss said of his dad. “I just had a little more luck.”

Late in the game, an 1,100 looked like a possibility.

“I didn’t realize how well we were doing until the eighth or ninth frame,” Curtiss said. “For our first time bowling together, I’d say it went really well.”

The talented individuals came together as a strong team.

“All four of us are team players and it showed,” Curtiss said.

“The energy was so positive,” Curt said. “In a team event, when everyone is bowling well, there is nothing better. Even if you make a bad shot, your teammates are there to pick you up.”

But with a combined 41 strikes, bad shots seemed to be few and far between for this team in their record-breaking effort.