BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI) – The journey to 300 can go awry in so many different ways – something wrong with the boards on the lane or the ball itself, too much sweat on the hands, nerves, even a fleeting lapse in concentration – that those who reach that summit are rightly praised for their skill.
Eleven-year-old Peyton Mercer, a sixth-grader at Harmony Intermediate School, met those physical and emotional challenges and conquered them; and in the process, became the second youngest person in Illinois history to achieve perfection.
According to the Belleville News Democrat, Mercer reached 300 January 21 while playing at Bel-Air Bowl’s Saturday youth league.
Mercer, whose personal best prior to that day was a 254, has bowled since the age of 5.
The United States Bowling Congress will ultimately certify the results, confirming Mercer’s place as the second youngest person in Illinois to score a 300. The current record holder is Steven Gardland, who bowled a 300 at 11 years, 6 months, and 21 days in 2008.