Cody Buechel was messing around with his teammates earlier this year at Plaza Bowl in Ripon.

The 17-year-old from Rosendale was in his first day back from a knee injury that sidelined him for about a month and was cleared to bowl two games by his doctor.

The first game he rolled a 199.

The second one didn’t seem much different, until Cody reached the final few frames.

“The beginning of the game, I really wasn’t focusing much,” he said. “I was just messing around and I wasn’t thinking much ... It wasn’t until about the seventh or eighth frame that I noticed I was getting close to a 300, because usually the seventh frame I get robbed.”

Like clockwork, Cody threw the ball in the seventh frame and made contact with the pins right where he wanted to, but saw the 7 and 10 pins still standing.

Fearing the dreaded “7-10 split” and the loss of a perfect game, he saw two downed pins cross each other and knock down the 7 and 10.

“I looked up at the scoreboard and am like, ‘I got seven strikes in a row. I am getting pretty close,’” Cody recalled. “And after that, I was like, ‘Just stay calm,’ and I just went frame by frame.”

Staying calm was easier said than done as the pressure built every throw after that.

Read the full story, which includes more information on Cody's 300 game, in the March 17, 2016 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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