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Illinois prep bowler fulfills birthday promise to mom of a perfect game, state title

Ben Rohrbach
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Illinois state bowling champion Josh Glover fulfilled a promise to his mom he would bowl a perfect 300 -- Chicago Sun-Times

Illinois state bowling champion Josh Glover fulfilled a promise to his mom he would bowl a perfect 300 -- Chicago …

For a kid who hadn't bowled a perfect game all season, New Lenox (Ill.) Lincoln-Way West senior Josh Glover sure was confident, delivering state title guarantees left and right.

According to various local media reports, the Illinois prep bowling standout promised his mother he'd bowl her a perfect game for her birthday during this past weekend's state championships in addition to pledging to his school that he would come home from the tournament with the school's first ever state title in boys' bowling.

“I promised my mother that I would throw a 300 game at state for her birthday,” Glover told the Chicago Sun-Times. He added, "When I left school earlier in the week, my principal (Monica Schmitt) and athletic director (Ted Robbins) told me they wanted that state title. I promised I’d do it for them."

And Glover lived up to both promises, bowling a perfect 300 on his way to knocking down a state-record 2,967 pins over 12 games to capture the state championship on Saturday.

Glover owned a 92-pin lead after Day 1 of the state tournament, bowling scores of 236, 238, 277, 234, 278 and 279 in his first six games. His perfect 300 in Game 2 of the tourney's second day sealed the deal, and his additional rounds of 225, 216, 213, 266 and 205 gave him a 247.3 average and four more total pins than the previous record holder.

“It was like watching a machine,” Lincoln-Way West coach Mike Vogler told the Southtown Star. “He told me he was going to shoot a 300, and he did. He told me he was going to win the state title and he did. When he tells me things, I believe him.”

Ever since Ernie McCracken's 1996 defeat of Roy Munson in "Kingpin," bowling has been in desperate need of an uber-confident star. Could Josh Glover be that man?

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