BELOIT - They're calling Lyle Schober "Mr. 300" these days and with good reason.
The Beloit bowler rolled a 300 in the Diamond Lanes Mixed League on Feb. 23 for his fifth 300 of the season.
Sunday, he was at it again, posting his sixth 300 in the Wisconsin State Tournament at Dale's Weston Lanes in Wausau.
"I had four 300 games in my life and now I have six in one season," the 53-year-old bowler said.
Schober isn't exactly sure why this is the finest season of his career. He's just enjoying the ride. In three leagues at Diamond Lanes this season, he has averages of 230 on Monday, 227 on Wednesday and 230 on Friday.
Schober has rolled the six 300s using two different ball. The first four came with the Byte by Storm. The last two he threw a Hall by Roto-Grip.
"The Halo hooks a little more and I wasn't getting quite enough pin action with the Byte," Schober said. "I have been bowling better with the Halo."
Along with the improved pin action, Schober said he's also had a strong dose of luck during his 300 run.
"It seems like it's all about being a little lucky and carrying," Schober said. "I think every 300 I've had I've had at least one and somes two or three really lucky strikes. I did have a 289 a couple weeks ago, but it seems like once I get to 10, I just close it out.. I don't know what's been going on, but I think I need to play the lottery."
Schober averaged 230 in nine games at state. The first three games I was hitting the pocket, but wasn't carrying that well and had 638. Then I shot 770 in doubles with the 300. In singles I had 675.
Even with all the 300s, Schober is still searching for an 800 series this year. His high overall is an 826 seven years ago. He quit bowling for about five years after that before picking it up. His high series this year is a 785,
"It seems like I have two big games, but I can't get that third," he said. "It would be great to finish out the season with an 800, but I'll take what I've got."