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Goodell Sets New Bowling Record

By Susan Bush
12:00AM / Monday, January 02, 2006

City resident and record-breaking bowler Dan Goodell at the Mount Greylock Bowl. [photo by P.J. Renaud]
Could there be something in the water at the Mount Greylock Bowl?

Daniel Goodell Jr., 33, set a new house and Berkshire region record at the Mount Greylock Bowl on Dec. 30 after he bested bowler Rick Moon’s 867 three-game total score triumph with a score of 868.

*** VIDEO - Goodell throwing a strike during the record breaking performance.

Moon’s three-game score record stood for about eight weeks. He bowled the ten-pin total on Oct. 27, and bowled two back-to-back perfect 300-score games the same evening.

Goodell said that he was concentrating on breaking the 800 mark and wasn't thinking about edging past Moon’s score total.

"There are goals that bowlers want to reach,” said Goodell during a Dec. 31 interview at his Southern View Drive home. "One goal is 300 [a perfect game] and the other is 800 [three-game score total]. When I got into the third game, I knew I needed 220 to get to 800, but I didn’t know what the house and county record was."

Goodell said that he bowled a "perfect 300" during his first game. As he continued to bowl, people began to gather round and watch each throw.

"I actually bowled the first 20 strikes of the night," Goodell said. "When you are bowling, you are oblivious to what’s around you, you just keep throwin’ em. Gary [business owner Gary Superneau] was the first one to come up and give me a big hug and say ‘hey, you broke the record,’ and that added to the excitement."


Dan Goodell at home
Goodell's wife Kim Goodell was elsewhere when Goodell set the new record. Goodell called her to share the news, she said.

"He called me up and he said ‘I know you won't believe this from me, so here's Jay [longtime friend Jay Burdick],'" she said. "Jay said that Dan had broken the county record and that he'd hit 300. And wouldn't you know, I wasn't there. I am proud of him."

He's been bowling for 25 years and was bowling as a member of the Friday Night Classic League when he rolled his 300 game and set the new record. The individual scores were 300 for game 1, 279 for game 2, and 289 for game 3.

Goodell is employed at the HVAC firm in Pittsfield.

Changes in ten-pin equipment and technology are enhancing the game and Superneau operates a very clean, family-oriented business, Goodell said.

"Gary is great," he said. "He tries to work with the bowlers and he works to keep the interest up. He keeps the place real nice. Technology has done a lot and since Gary bought the place, it's done a complete 360."

Goodell said that he was a bit surprised to break Moon's record just weeks after it was set. The new record will likely remain in place for some time, unless luck intervenes, Goodell said.

"It is a combination of skill and luck but it's mostly luck," Goodell said. "Somebody just gets lucky, and you don't know when it's going to happen."

Susan Bush may be reached via e-mail at suebush@iberkshires.com or at 802-823-9367.
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