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Bowling means fun, friends & competition
Steve Davis wipes down his bowling ball before trying for another 300 during league play. - photo by JASON CAMPBELL
Steve Davis is no stranger to the lanes at the Manteca Bowl and Family Fun Center.

As a member of Dick’s Apartment Painting, Davis has more than 25 years of active bowling under his belt. In that time frame he’s managed to rack up some pretty impressive marks.

But don’t expect to hear the soft spoken regular bragging about his exploits with the other bowling league teams that run the gamut from serious bowlers to those just looking to have a good time.

When it comes down to it, however, Davis is a stickler for the competition.

“I’m really a big fan of the competition among the other bowlers and the camaraderie,” Davis said. “The people really make this a good time, and you get a chance to build relationships with other people who have similar interests.”

And while most people bowl for the recreational aspect, Davis is proud to say that he has rolled a 300 twice – once two years ago and once twenty years ago.

Needless to say, it was something that he’ll never forget.

“It was unbelievable – I never thought that I’d bowl a perfect game, let alone two,” Davis said. “That was the best day of my life at that time, and I guess I just had luck on my side – it doesn’t matter how good you are, you have to be a little bit lucky in order to hit that score.”

And it isn’t like Davis’ bowling is going to get any worse any time soon.

While the game itself can be frustrating, the recent retiree spends three days a week down at the bowling alley trying to perfect his game while having fun with his friends.

While the league participants – which include Frank Silveira and his four sons-in-law Rick Piccinini, Doug Stiles, Larry Burlingame, and Phil Maxwell – warmed up for their actual round, families took up the other end of the alley and just enjoyed the game of bowling in its entire splendor.

Tom and Robin Parlet brought down their sons Mark and Josh.

“I just enjoy coming down here and having fun,” Josh said. “The highest score that I’ve ever had was a 96. All I could think was ‘Wow – I can’t believe that I got a score that high.’”