If you've ever gone bowling, you know how difficult it is to reach a score of 200. Now consider this: A Chesapeake man recently bowled a perfect 300, and he did it in a wheelchair.
Twenty-two years ago George Holsche was behind the wheel of a truck when a deer raced in front of him. He tried to avoid the animal, but the car flipped over a guardrail and he was thrown from his seat. Holsche severed his spine and was paralyzed from the waist down. A doctor told him he would never walk again.
That diagnosis led Holsche to look for ways to stay active. After trying wheelchair basketball, tennis and billiards, he finally settled on bowling. Never a serious bowler before the accident, Holsche began improving his game dramatically. Before long he was entering tournaments across the country, and in 2009 he won a national wheelchair bowling championship.
Perhaps the most difficult part about bowling in creating momentum. Whereas able bodied bowlers use their height to their advantage, Holsche doesn't have that luxury. So Holsche uses his extremely muscular arms to propel the ball forward.
"My arms are my legs," Holsche told the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot. "You get strong."
Last week, the 48-year-old Holsche was bowling in league play at Indian River Lanes in Virginia Beach when he caught fire. He bowled nine strikes in a row, and that's when things got interesting.
"When you're on a streak like that, the whole house gets quiet," Holsche said. "Everyone else stops bowling. It gets tense."
Holsche had bowled nine strikes in a row before, but he had never gotten past that.
But on this night he was feeling it. He hit 10. Then 11. And when the final ball bulled its way through the pins, the bowling alley went nuts.
"Everyone just went crazy," Holsche said. "It was amazing."
Holsche is believed to be the second wheelchair-bound individual to bowl 300. In May, a Texas man accomplished the same feat.
(H/T to Off the Bench)