Stieber bowls first 300 game at Lakeside |

Stieber bowls first 300 game at Lakeside

DILLON – The room fell silent. A normally lively crowd of competitive bowlers was hanging on Dave Stieber’s every move.

Stieber started his wind-up, let loose then drifted right, yelling and jumping his ball into the sweet spot. When ten pins fell, Stieber had his third official 300 game, and Lakeside Bowl had its first since re-opening in February of 2002. It was the fifth official 300 game in Dillon history.

Stieber, who moved to Summit County in 2001 from Brighton, completed the perfect game Tuesday during Lakeside’s weekly competitive league.

While the room erupted with congratulatory shouts and high-fives, relief and satisfaction washed over Stieber.

“Every one of them is special,” he said.

A huge part of completing a perfect game is dealing with the pressure of the later frames. And when word began circulating among the 30 or so bowlers in the Tuesday night league that Stieber was nearing 300, the pressure was on.

“Just a deep breath and go up and throw it, that’s all you can do,” Stieber said.

Stieber will get a ring from the American Bowling Congress, which sanctions the Tuesday night league in Dillon. But the personal satisfaction is the real prize.

“Next time I get up to throw another bowling ball, it doesn’t matter because I just shot 300,” Stieber said. “I don’t care if I throw it in the gutter.”

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