Jerry Marrs shoots lights out in P-T Sport Shot men’s final
By Anthony Nasella Post-Tribune correspondent January 6, 2013 11:12PM
Huntley’s Jerry Marrs (right) recently won the Post-Tribune Sport Shot Classic in Indiana. | submitted photo
Updated: February 8, 2013 6:26AM
DYER — Though not from the area, Jerry Marrs, of Elgin, Ill., faced a familiar bowler, Brian Gunn, in the championship match of the men’s division in Sunday’s Post-Tribune Sport Shot Classic at Stardust III. Yet, the two had never faced each other despite bowling together in PBA regional events and in Stardust manager Shaun Ciesielski’s King of the Hill tourneys over the years.
But Marrs was dialed in, as he had been in previously winning two of those King of the Hill titles, striking on nine of his first 10 shots and rolling to a 265-217 victory over Gunn.
“It was a pleasure to bowl against Brian — he’s a great competitor,” said Marrs, who’s blessed to even be bowling right now. “Unlike many bowlers, I don’t think when I shoot. I play songs in my head to keep myself calm. Four months ago I had a heart attack and doctors said I should have died.
“So it’s just great to be here bowling. Winning is a bonus.”
Gunn defeated Dave Beck and Gary Clark in match play before battling Mike Kubacki in the semifinals, prevailing 225-189. Against Marrs, Gunn was laboring to find a groove through the first six frames before being tripped up by a 4-6-10 in the seventh.
He bounced back by striking out on his final five shots, but Marrs was still in the zone and strikes in eighth, ninth and his first in the 10th were anticlimactic.
“I couldn’t really strike early on,” Gunn said. “I left the 6-pin and then and 9- and 8-pin (in the fourth and fifth). That took away the momentum for me, and then I tried to force a shot and split. Marrs was striking, and I just couldn’t slow him down.”
In the youth division, Kevin McCune edged Matt Laviolette 190-188 in the championship match. Needing a mark and seven pins in the 10th to win, McCune struck on his first shot, but followed up with a 1-2-4-10 washout. McCune picked up two pins to secure the win.
Son of three-time PBA champion Eugene McCune and grandson of PBA Hall of Famer Don, Kevin was clean through eight frames before leaving the 4-6 in the ninth. Laviolette also opened in the ninth to give Kevin a shot to win.
“I was just hoping to keep it (the second shot) on the lane,” said McCune, who defeated Allison Sellers, Tayler Peters and Johnny Gorches to reach the championship in his first P-T event. “But my shot felt good all day.”
Laviolette defeated Haley Baser, Jordan Hastings and top qualifier Jerry James 255-200 to reach the final.
“Spares are the key, and I gave up a couple of easy ones to Kevin,” said Laviolette, who won the P-T Awards Tournament last May. “Qualifying went pretty solid. My Storm Fear Factor was working good for me all day.”