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March 30, 2014

Foursome shatters city record with 1,084

DeBoe, Kirchberger, Mussell and Zimmerman light it up at Brad Angelo Lanes.


Fifteen sticks of wood weighing just over 56 pounds in all was the difference in a city bowling record shattered Thursday night by four of Lockport’s finest bowlers of the past two decades.
Donnie DeBoe, Kevin Kirchberger, Ricky Mussell and Jeremy Zimmerman threw one flaming orb after another, en route to a 1,084 series at Brad Angelo Lanes, breaking Lockport’s all-time four-man total of 1,069, set five years ago by the tandem of Mark Cummings, Henry Poole, Mark Poole and Mike Zastro.
DeBoe and “Berger” rolled 279 singles, Zimmerman fired a 268 and Mussell added a 258 this week for “Team No. 1.”
“It means a lot, especially at my age with those young kids I bowl with. I’m very proud of it,” said the 20-year veteran Kirchberger, who boasts a 226 average in the loop.
“We knew our score was really high, so Ricky suggested we look it up,” said the Newfane native Zimmerman, a 2001 graduate of Newfane High School.
Zimmerman, who averages 231 in the league, made headlines at Angelo Lanes more than 15 years ago as a teenager, bowling a perfect game.
“The team record means everything. We’re all best friends,” Zimmerman added.
DeBoe, 35, a right-hander regarded for decades as one of the city’s most outstanding bowlers, has been rolling the rock locally for the past 30 years. He boasts an average of well over 230.
“It was me, Ricky, Jeremy and someone else at first,” DeBoe said. “I saw Kevin one night and said the other guy can only bowl every other week, so we ended up getting Kevin. It was an awesome accomplishment. It’s always a good feeling if you break a record in this city, because there’s a lot of really good bowlers here.”
Mussell, 28, a southpaw, has been bowling locally his whole life. The 2005 LHS graduate says he’s not completely satisified with the 1,084.

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