77-year-old pole vaulter just misses first 300 bowling game in Mesquite league play

Mardon Connelly discovered beginning a game with nine straight strikes is not for the faint of heart as it sets up a real nail-biter heading into the 10th frame.

“My heart was pounding and I thought I was going to have a heart attack after the first nine,” said Connelly.

However, seemingly unfazed by the added pressure, he tattooed the pocket with a quality shot only to leave a 7-pin and derailing his bid for a 300 at the Virgin River Bowling Center. Next, he spared his 7-pin leave and toppled seven more pins for a stellar 276 game.

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