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Couple Bowls Perfect Games Back to BackSubmitted: 03/31/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm

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RHINELANDER - Some people have all the luck. A Rhinelander couple proved this week they're lucky both in love and on the lane.

All the excitement went down at Hodag Lane where the Larson's each bowled a perfect game in two days.

"You never know when it's going to happen. On Tuesday night I bowled well my first game. And then it just happened. If you start thinking about it too much then you're going to mess up," says Vicki Larson.

She was at Hodag Lanes for her Tuesday night bowling league when she achieved something bowlers dream of... a perfect game.

"Thirteen years ago I got my first 300 and so I've always been trying to get another one. So it took 17 years now to get another 300," says Vicki.

Her husband Rick has had a few more perfect games in his lifetime... somewhere around 20. But the bowling gods were looking down on him the very next day after Vicki's perfect game.

"I ended up on the same pair as Vicki. And the next game I ran them all and got a 300 in the same game that she got hers in the night before," says Rick.

Rick and Vicki started out decades ago, just bowling for fun.

"Saw all the good bowlers and I wanted to be like them, so I kept working at it. It's still hard. It's work," says Rick.

They both say it's the drive to keep competing with themselves that keeps them coming back.

And they insist there are a number of other bowlers in town who put their game to shame. They seem to give credit to everyone but themselves.

"I've said it before and I'll say it again, the bowling gods were very nice to us," says Rick.

"Everything was falling the right way that night," says Vicki.

Divine intervention, luck or skill- or all of the above- either way it's a story they'll want to tell for a long time.



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