Hawley's Brian Weist carded the fifth perfect game of his career this past week at the Wallenpaupack Bowling Center. Brian followed up that 300 masterpiece with a 769 series for a most memorable week of action.

One of the classiest and most well-liked bowlers in the Wayne County area has recently ignited a series of fireworks at the Wallenpaupack Bowling Center, extending his already impressive and lengthy bowling resume.

Hawley’s Brian Weist has been bowling for 10 years and has shown much improvement since his primitive days at the lanes. These improvements became evident last week; beginning on Friday night during the Wayne Commercial League. Weist was called in to substitute for BVH which was set to take on AHA Enterprises.

This was a managerial move that would prove quite beneficial to BVH — not so much to their opponent.

The first game, BVH, as a team, came out strong, led by the flawless contribution given by Weist. He strung together 12 straight strikes, good for his first perfect game of the season; his fifth overall.  He would go on to roll a 693 series.

This historic feat did entail a bit of irony however. Throughout the entire night, Weist did not once use one of his bowling balls, but rather one belonging to Scott Bates, a regular substitute during the Wayne Commercial League.

Weist however, was only at the first intermission of a two part matinee. He once again put on a show during Monday’s Penn York League action.

Weist was asked to substitute, this time for Pines Tavern. He accepted the invitation. Still using Bates’ equipment, Brian rolled a 276 his first game, winning him the league’s first game high pot. He followed that up with a 236...his low mark for the night.

In the third game, Brian bowled a 257 game, just missing his first 800 series.

After the night ended, congratulations were plentiful and were capped off by his friend, Chris Wurtz, walking up to him and saying “You are coming to the next (PBA) tournament with me.”
Brian just smiled.

For a man of such great accomplishments in a most challenging sport, one might think that the listing of most memorable moments is perpetual. This is however, contrary to actuality.

“I’ve bowled 300s,” Weist said when asked what his biggest accomplishment was, “but it has to be that first 300 because a lot of people said I couldn’t do it.”

Now, after proving to be an imminent danger to every local bowling record, Weist, still, remains overly humble and modest.

“I just want to shoot 600 and give the team a chance to win,” he said as to his weekly goals.

With his average well above 200, Weist is eligible for a professional membership.

“I would like to bowl (in a professional event),” he said, “I just have to wait for (the right circumstances).”

Weist is the proud father of two sons and one daughter and the devoted husband to his wife, Suzan...all of whom are involved heavily in the bowling environment. His two sons have begun bowling in the Wallenpaupack junior program this season.

Monday night, the boys were sitting by Brian and saying things like, “‘Dad was that (ball) different than last?’ ...it’s neat to see them notice these things,” said Suzan.

The couple has recently embarked on a business endeavor —when they opened Lake Region Tile in Hawley.

Around the Leagues...

High games were plentiful again at Wallenpaupack Lanes.

Kathy Conklin rolled a 266 during Friday Night’s Wayne Commercial League. Maxine Kinney followed with a 217 during Wednesday’s Hawley Women’s’ League. Ellen Peet came in third with a 214 game in the same league.

Other than Weist’s 300 game, the men were also led by Justin Stevens who rolled a 287 during Monday Night’s Penn York League action.

Tim Seretis followed with a 278 in the same league. Michael Markis was third with a 266 game during Tuesday’s Lake Region IGA Scratch Classic League.

PBA Tour Update
The Lumber Liquidators national PBA Tour is off this week. All of the local legends will be competing in a regional tournament, the 2008 PBA East Region Parker Bohn III/Blue Valley Lanes Open hosted by Blue Valley Lanes in Wind Gap.

Qualifying begins at 8:00 AM Saturday morning with a cut to the top 16 and match-play beginning at 8:30 AM Sunday morning. Jason Lundquist (Delaware Water Gap) is the only exempt bowler expected to be in attendance.

The national tour resumes next week with the CLR Carmen Salvino Scorpion Championship, hosted by Hawthorn Lanes in Vernon Hills, IL.