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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Presented by Copper Creek Mercantile

It was quite the week for Ted Natividad, 72.

Ted bowled his first sanctioned 300 game in the Bar League Challenge at Town and Country Lanes on Thursday, Aug. 12. He had previously bowled one non-sanctioned 300 game.

Ted’s average in the league is 203 and he has been bowling more than 50 years.

He bowled a near perfect game, a 290, less than a week earlier, on Monday, Aug. 9.

This time with 11 strikes in a row, Ted said he was concerned he would leave the corner 10 pin on his 12th and last ball in his attempt.

He said he took an extra 20 seconds adjusting his fingers and calming his nerves. The ball carried and the 300 was his. His team, DJ’s Bar & Grill No. 2, was elated as were family members rooting him on.

Daughter Carleen Natividad, bowled her first 300 just over a month ago so this is a really great summer for the Natividads.

Ted is an assistant  bowling coach at McNary High School. He and his wife Carol are long-time residents of Keizer.