Danz, Neuman no strangers to 300 games

SCANABA — It had been a while since Rick Neumann bowled a 300 game and Al Danz rolled a trio of 300s last season.

Both hit 300s in recent weeks at Bowl-A-Rama Lanes.

Neumann achieved a major milestone Dec. 14, finishing a 710 series with his 25th perfect game.

“That’s a good way to go home,” said Neumann, who bowls for Three Generations in the Wednesday Major League. “It had been about three years since I had one. As you get older, they get harder to accomplish. I used to bowl three nights a week. Now, I just bowl with my family on Wednesday.”

Neumann’s gem left him one shy of John Kositzky’s record on Escanaba lanes.

“They (family members) were happy,” said Neumann. “We had dad (Soupy) bowling with us. He’s the proud papa.”

Three Generations is currently third among eight teams in the league standings.

“We did well to start the year,” said Neumann. “We just haven’t been winning lately. We bowl to have fun. Winning is secondary. It’s just a fun night out with the family.”

Danz, the general manager at Bowl-A-Rama, closed his day (Dec. 28) with a 300 while bowling as a substitute for Thrivent Financial in the Wednesday Senior Citizens 50-Plus League.

He started with a 201 game, followed by 220 and his sixth 300 overall.

“The first two games weren’t bad,” he said. “I was getting zeroed in, trying to get a good read on the lanes. I got into a rhythm and everything was feeling great.

“This one probably felt the best among the past four. This was also kind of enjoyable for me. Quite a few of the seniors had never seen one before in person. That was kind of neat for them. It was a fun afternoon.”

Bowling with the seniors is nothing new for the 52-year-old Escanaba resident, who’s in his second year in the Professional Bowlers Assocation’s Senior Tour.

“I’m kind of used to it,” said Danz. “I’m about to start my third year with the tour.”

Danz hit his first 300 while living near Chicago about 23 years ago prior to taking a long break from bowling.

“I was out of bowling for about 10 years,” he said. “I had a wrist injury, which is part of the reason for that.”