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K

eith Kingston is a 300 machine.
There's no better way to
explain the 10 perfect games
the 46-year-old certified public accoun-
tant from Farmington Hills has bowled
in his career.
Kingston has been a picture of con-
sistency since 2006, when he rolled his
first 300 game in 13 years. His inaugural
300 came in 1993. He's bowled at least
one 300 every year since 2006, and aver-
aged one for every 70 games during the
stretch.
The southpaw's latest perfect game
was rolled Jan. 3 in the Tuesday Night
Men's League at Country Lanes in
Farmington Hills. He had a 300-197-
225 — 722 series. Kingston said he had
a strong feeling he was going to bowl a
300 that night.
"And by the time I rolled my third
strike, I knew I was going to do it:' he
said. "The adrenalin was flowing, and I
was locked in."
He bowled his previous 300 nearly a
year earlier — Jan. 11, 2011, to be exact
— also at Country Lanes in the Tuesday
Night League.
Kingston is justifiably proud of his
300 games. He's also proud that he's
bowling in the 76th season of the
Detroit All-Star Traveling League, the
only scratch (non-handicap) league
in the Detroit area, and considered by
many the best traveling league in the
country.
It's his first year in the league, which
lives up to its name. Only Detroit's top
bowlers can participate, and they visit
34 bowling centers in the tri-county area
during the league's 34-week season.
The 12 league teams averaged 218.3
last season. There were 11 series of 800
or more and 32 perfect games rolled by
24 bowlers.
Kingston said participating in the
league is making him a better bowler.
"The competition is very tough, and .

you have to deal
with different lane
conditions every
week',' he said.
Even though he's
averaging 220 in
the traveling league,
"I'm an average Joe
among those guys:'
said Kingston, who
averages 228 at
Country Lanes.
Kingston
also bowls in
the Michigan
Majors Bowling
Association's
monthly tourna-
ment and the yearly Metro Detroit
United States Bowling Congress
Association Masters tournament.
He won money in two of the seven
MMBA events he entered in 2011, and
he finished eighth in the 2007 Metro
Detroit USBC event. Metro Detroit is
the largest local USBC association, with
more than 60,000 members.

Maccabi Meeting
An informational meeting for ath-
letes and artists who are interested in
representing Detroit in this summer's
JCC Maccabi Games will be held at
4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Jewish
Community Center in West Bloomfield.
Family members also are invited.
Athletes and artists must be ages
13-16 on July 31. Games will be held
Aug. 5-10 in Houston and Memphis,
Tenn., and Aug. 12-17 in Rockland
County, N.Y. ArtsFest will be held in
Houston.

Card Sharks
Get ready for the 12th Bloch/Israel and
Pisgah/Zeiger B'nai B'rith Texas Hold'em
Poker Tournament fundraiser to be held
Sunday, Jan. 29, in the Teen Center at the
JCC in West Bloomfield. Dinner and reg-
istration will be at 5:30 p.m., followed by
the competition at 6:30.
Pre-registration is $50 for B'nai B'rith
members and $60 for non-members by
Thursday, Jan. 26. After Jan. 26, the fees
are $60 and $70. Dinner and admission
to the tournament gallery is $25.
First prize is a guaranteed minimum
of $500. Plus, the winner will earn a
free entry into the next tournament.
Jonathan Coden, the reigning champion,
will play for free this year. More than
$20,000 plus other prizes have been
awarded since the tournament was
launched in 2005.
For more information, contact tour-
nament hosts Rick Sherline at (248)
613-5400, Lyle Schaefer at (248) 882-
5953 or Sid Roth at (248) 203-3297. ❑

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