Bowling

Kevin McCune keeping a family tradition rolling

2013-04-22T22:00:00Z Kevin McCune keeping a family tradition rollingJohn Burbridge john.burbridge@nwi.com, (219) 933-3371 nwitimes.com

HIGHLAND | If we take Kevin McCune at his word, then he must be one heck of a baseball player.

The Munster 13-year-old has more than proven he's an excellent bowler, as one may expect considering his pedigree.

In Saturday Junior Prep League action at Plaza Lanes in Highland, McCune rolled the first perfect (300) game in the house for the winding down fall-winter season. He rolled it during the first week.

"It was my first one," said McCune, who soon after rolled another perfect game in practice, and more recently hit 300 again in Junior Prep play.

"I wasn't really nervous or anything like that," said McCune, whose previous high game was a 279. "I've rolled 11 strikes in a row before ... sometimes over two games.

"I knew it was only a matter of time."

The feat was ahead of schedule when compared to his father, Eugene McCune, who bowled his first perfect game when he was 16 years old before becoming a PBA touring professional.

Eugene's father and Kevin's grandfather, Don McCune, is a PBA Hall of Famer.

"(A PBA career is) definitely there for him as he's already better than most adults," Eugene said of Kevin, who has a 217 league average. Eugene's current PBA average, though hardly comparable when considering the challenging conditions on the tour, is slightly above 220.

"Right now, though, we're focusing more on baseball," Eugene said.

"I'm better in baseball than I am in bowling," Kevin said. "Though it's nice to know (bowling) is something I can fall back on."

Kevin is a right-hander, and likens his style more to his grandfather, who lives in Las Vegas, than his father, who probably could have been an ace fast-pitch softball pitcher to those who have witnessed the velocity he puts on his strike and spare balls

Don won eight PBA titles during his career; Eugene has won three, the first of which came in 2002 when he bested all-time great Walter Ray Williams Jr. in the championship match of the Banquet Classic in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Kevin says that both have helped him improve his game.

"But I don't get to see my grandfather that much with him living so far away," Kevin said. "Another person who has really helped me is my mom (Christine). She's a great bowler, too."

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