He filled his bowling ball with his father’s ashes, the perfect game

Jano le Roux

The two-time NCAA champion John Hinkle Sr. was laid up to play the happiest game of his life on the 12th of April since the passing of his dad John Hinkle Sr., son John Jr.


The 39-year-old Bowler, Western Illinois University, took his brother Joe to his hometown alley, landmark Lanes, in Peoria, Illinois. He played a ball made customary with his late dad’s ashes.

Following the death of Elder Hinkle, John chose to remember his father, filling his dad’s ashes with the thumb hole of his ball. (His two-hand strategy permits the ball to have only two fingers.)

Hinkle, a Peoria Public School counselor, told the media, “I spoke to my brother and told her, ‘I am firing a 300 with this ball.’ “Therefore Joe said, ‘Do it!’”

Ohn had named it. Ohn had called that. “In the eleventh and twelfth frames, I had tears in my eyes.” I only had too many tears tossing it,” “I couldn’t tell you when the last ball walked.

John dubbed it “epic night” on a Facebook update, just after his 12-strike run.

“I can’t say what it means to me tonight,” he said.

The I bowler division acknowledged that in his career he played few 300-point games, but it meant a lot. The sport never scored a perfect result from his Dad, who introduced him and his brother.

“It is rare. This is special. Dad never got a shoot 298, 299. I’ve got chills, goosebumps,” says Hinkle. “He was there! He was there!”

Brother Joe also said jokingly: “This makes up for so many nights growing up when we slept in a bowling alley while our parents were finishing league night.”

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