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bowler throws 300 game and 805 series

Don Pratt estimates he's bowled for 40 years but never recorded a 300 game or 800 series.

The 66-year-old Medford bowling accomplished both in the Medford Senior Mixed Pairs League at Medford Lanes Wednesday.

Pratt strung together games of 300, 226 and 279 for an 805 series. His series is believed to be the first 800 by a senior bowler in Rogue Valley Bowling Association history. It's only the second of the season in all adult leagues. Ron Fristoe posted an 807 at Medford Lanes just last week.

Pratt, who carries a 190 average, found himself in an incredible groove.

After bowling 12 strikes for the 300 game to begin the series, he continued with two strikes to open the second game for 14 in a row. Then he ended the second game with five consecutive strikes and began the third with nine straight for his second stretch of 14 strikes in the series.

Pratt's perfect game was a solid effort.

Actually I only had two divine interventions, but they weren't big ones, said Pratt.

Pratt admits he overcame some nervousness on the final ball of the 300 game.

I took a couple of deep breaths and laid it right in there, said Pratt. I'll never forget watching the last ball go right dead center in the pocket and carry. It was there the minute I let it go. I've had a couple of 299s and a 298, but I never could get that 300.

Hackett plans to play for Va. Tech

North Medford senior shortstop Megumi Hackett, an integral part of the Black Tornado's softball success the past three years, has made a verbal commitment to accept a full scholarship to play softball for Virginia Tech.

Hackett earned Southern Oregon Conference and state Class 4A player of the year honors last year as North won its second straight state championship.

In Hackett's three years as a starting shortstop, North Medford has lost in the state finals, tied for the state title and won it outright last year.

She's dedicated, North Medford coach Larry Binney said. Megumi knows how to win games. She does all those little things that make you win.

The 5-foot-2, 115-pound player already holds North Medford's all-time career steal record with 63.