Andrew Oliveira, 31, of Westport, had, in the past, bowled two 800 series, both of them 812.
His first 812 was in October of 2014. It was the first night he bowled with a new ball that was given to him.
“I hadn’t even practiced with the ball, “he said, “and I bowled games of 279, 257 and 276.”
Five months later (February of 2015) he bowled another 812 with games of 258, 254 and 300.
A little over two years went by before the left-handed bowler would have another chance at an 800 series and the number "812" stuck in his mind, but he was hoping he could surpass that “at least a little.”
Last March, in the Twilight League at Wonder Bowl, Oliveira started the night with a 279 game.
“I had (strikes in) the front 10,” said Oliveira, “then left a 7-pin, which I converted for the spare. I really wasn’t thinking about an 800 series then, because, the shot changed at the end of the first game and continued on into the second game.”
He claims, as he started the second game, the lane conditions had transitioned and it took a little while for him to adjust.
He found “a little something” toward the end of the game, and felt lucky to pull out of it with a 240 that was about 20 pins over his average.
Oliveira started the third game leaving a 6-pin standing. He converted it and bounced back by bowling consecutive strikes.
“After a few strikes, I was in my strike zone and started doing the math,” he said, “and I knew an 800 was a possibility, but the highest I could go was 809. I would be three-pins shy of 812.”
With strikes on the scoreboard all the way to the 10th frame, he knew that, in order to go over 800, he’d need to double up.
Oliveira easily handled the pressure and struck out all the way for a 290 game and an 809 series for his third-career 800 series.
He claims his teammates on that Friday Night team (Bob Faria, Stan Gibbs, Roger Blanchard, Steve Pinto and Paul Marchessault) give him plenty of encouragement and helped him to stay cool under the pressure.
“They joke around,” he said, “and make me forget to be nervous. They’re great.”
He started his bowling career at 5 years old in the Junior Bumper Program at the then-AMF Holiday Lanes in Somerset (now AMF Somerset Lanes). He kept moving up the ranks in the Junior Program and stayed in the juniors until he was 18 years old and a freshman in college.
“That was 2004,” said Oliveira, “when I left the juniors with about a 180 average.”
He went to his first adult league at Holiday Lanes in Westport and finished his first year with a 195 average. The next year, 2005, he bowled the first of his nine-career 300 games.
Now, besides the Twilight League at Wonder Bowl where he averages 221, he also bowls the Center League at Wonder Bowl with a 216 average and the Westport Trios at Holiday Lanes in Westport with a 208 average.
He’s taking the summer off, except for “subbing here and there for a few friends” and will be back in the fall bowling in his regular leagues.
Oliveira looks forward to bowling more 300 games and 800 series, especially higher than 812.
“I’d also like to raise my average higher,” he said, “and travel to Syracuse, New York, next year for the USBC National Open Tournament, since I’ve never bowled a National Tournament before. I wouldn’t have to travel that far, so, I’d like to give it a try.”
A NEBA Singles Tournament is July 22-23 at Westgate Lanes in Brockton. For more information, or to register, visit www.BowlNEBA.com.
The Teddy Bears League at Wonder Bowl will have a Car Wash fundraiser on July 29 at Gary’s Best Hot Dogs, 958 Ashley Blvd. in New Bedford from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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The John Pimental Memorial Southeastern Mass. USBC Bowling Association 2017 Scholarship winners were Ian Langlois, Bristol Community College, Laura Almeida, Aveda Institute and her twin sister Maia Almeida, Framingham State University. The John Rusin Memorial Scholarship winner was Jacob Frank, UMass Amherst.
AMF Somerset Lanes
John Grobe Summer Seniors: Joe Santos, 213.
Friday Senior Mixed Tournament (June 30): 1st, Bob Loureiro, 641; 2nd, Evelyn Loureiro, 639; 3rd, Russ Chace, 634; 4th, Conrad Thibeault, 628; high woman out of the money, Joyce Pontes, 627.
Columbia 300 Summer Classic: Tazz Manchester, 245; Chris Anderson, 258, 247; Steve Costa, 231; Tony Furtado, 233; Vinnie Furtado, 243; Brent Brewer, 246; Del Picard, 243; Shane Lavoie, 267; Lonnie Ulrich, 248, 248; Matt Rayner, 258/979; Nathan St. Don, 238; Eric Camara, 243; Josh Claudio, 235; Tommy Machado, 233; Carlos Aguiar, 244; Alex Aguiar, 269/1,007; Ryan Sanchez, 289; Chris Avila, 229; Jason Venancio, 236; Peder Sivertsen, 225; Josh Pires, 205; Noah Carroll, 245; Jayme Silva Jr., 247; John Ventura, 256; Charlie Macomber, 217, 221; Brian Cooper, 275; Karen Allerdt, 238; Brett O’Connor, 244, 257/949; John Rusin, 259; Cortney Standish, 213; Michael Gelinas, 204, 201/743; Clayton Jenkins, 225; Derrick Silva, 220; Frank Figueira, 191; Roger Blanchard, 211; Jason Correia, 243; Scott Fisher, 243, 238; Paul Moser, 254; Joey O’Brien, 267, 244; Eddie Souza, 256.
Junior Handicap Doubles: Jonathan Lawrence, 212; Jason Lopes Jr., 201; 213; David Napier, 219; Cody Xavier, 163.
Summer Adult/Child: John Oliveira, 208.
Tuesday Mixed Summer League: Brian Alves, 229, 225; Jen Alves, 501; Sue Barao, 215, 213, 205/633; Candice Botelho, 224/591; Kim Brittain, 214/582; Ray Colvin, 202, 235; Bruce Garnett, 278/667; Kyle Hinchliffe, 264; Nikki Ingham, 540; John Maciel, 229; Rachel Maciel, 504; Ronald Maciel, 246/669; Ron Ptaszenski, 225, 226; Cameron Rogers, 227; Mark Schmidt, 202; Jayme Silva Jr., 268/723; Lindsey Surprenant, 515; Karl Thompsen, 233; Devin Tremblay, 235; Mike Turek, 216, 211; Tony Vieira, 214, 212; Trudy Wallach, 510.
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