State Tenpin Hall of Famer Scott Demarsico with his parents Madeleine and Albert Demarsico, who got him interested in the sport. Left, Demarsico hears the announcement as fellow players applaud.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Scott Demarsico has a habit of bowling perfect games.
In fact, he's earned 300 points — that's 12 strikes in a row — 51 times in U.S. Bowling Congress-sanctioned games. Not to mention 31 sanctioned 800-series games and some titles.
So the Clarksburg resident figured at some point he'd make it to the Massachusetts Tenpin Bowling Association Hall of Fame. He just wasn't prepared for his induction to be announced Friday night.
"I'm kind of shocked," he said, fielding congratulations at Mount Greylock Bowl after the announcement over the PA system. "I knew sometime it was going to happen but not tonight.
"I'm humbled by it."
The last local bowler to make the Hall of Fame was Bruce March eight or 10 years ago, said Jeff Trombley, local association manager. "It's been awhile since we've had anyone on this end of the state be inducted."
Trombley nominated Demarsico at last week's association meeting. Nominees have to meet certain criteria, including being a member at least 15 years and achieving notable statistics in the game.
Demarsico, 44, will be formally inducted at the state tournament in Malden at the end of April.
He said he'd been nominated before but may have been too young to make the cut. Still, Demarsico's got more than 30 years on the lanes.
"I was 8 or 9 years old when I started," he said. "I've been doing it a long time. ... It's something I'm probably going to do forever."
He started going to the bowling alley to watch his father, Albert, and got interested in the game. His mother, Madeleine, who played in a mixed league with her husband, said her son had long ago decided he would play with his father in the Classic League.
"He got all his talent from his father," joked Albert Demarsico. "I told him I would beat him getting a 300 and I did. But he got his first 300 the next week."
Demarsico stepped away for a few moments as the Classic League games started and promptly threw two straight strikes.
Was there any special technique he used?
"I put the ball where it is supposed to be," he replied.
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