Whitesboro’s Jecko rolls 300, in lead at USBC Open Championships

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Whitesboro’s Dave Jecko rolled a 300 to cap his recent appearance at the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Open Championships. 

The perfect game on April 23 helped put Jecko in first place in the Regular Singles division in the tournament that runs through July 17 at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas. 

It was the 42nd time that the 38-year-old Jecko – Whitesboro’s bowling coach and a math teacher at the district’s high school – has rolled a 300 game. It was the 15th 300 game of the event. 

Jecko, who made his fourth USBC Open Championships appearance, finished with a 788 total. That’s one pin ahead of friend, doubles partner and Holland Patent resident Steven Arehart. 

“It is a long way before winning. I’m thrilled to be leading it almost halfway through the event,” Jecko said Tuesday. “Fingers crossed, I hope I win. But, realistically, it will probably end up top-five by the time the tournament is over.” 

The tournament typically has about 50,000 participants in a normal year, Jecko said. In 2021, he finished 47th with a 740 total. 

This year, Jecko had 57 strikes over six games April 23 during the tournament. Jecko finished with games of 289, 199 and 300. Arehart had 267, 256 and 264. 

Prior to singles, Jecko and Arehart made a run in Regular Doubles. They are into second place with a 1,485 total.

Jecko and Arehart also teamed with Whitesboro’s Lawrence Porter, New Hartford’s Raymond Cyr and East Syracuse’s Josh McClusky in the Regular Team event for a 3,335 total. The team is in sixth place.

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