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Drew Klostermann, a 2012 Maquoketa Valley graduate, rolled back-to-back 300 games at the Cedar Rapids Bowling Center, Dec. 23.

Bowling a perfect 300 game is among the sporting world’s most coveted achievements — the equivalent of a hole-in-one in golf. The odds of a PBA (Professional Bowlers’ Association) bowler rolling a 300 game is estimated to be 1-in-460. For novice bowlers, it’s 1-in-11,500.

The mathematical odds of rolling consecutive 300s rises to 1-in-30,909, and is an extreme rarity, but that’s what 2012 Maquoketa Valley graduate Drew Klostermann did, Dec. 23, at the Cedar Rapids Bowling Center.

Klostermann, now living in Marion, competes in league play once per week with his team, “The Pickled Fish,” and entered the evening averaging 183.

But this night was something special for Klostermann, who calls himself “an average bowler.” He started the evening with a more than respectable 234 before rolling the back-to-back gems.

“This is my third year of bowling league, so I haven’t been bowling that long. I did a little when I was a kid, but my buddy and I got into it about three years ago,” said Klostermann. “The first game I had the first five or six strikes and I felt good, but I had a couple of shots that were kind of off. I started the second game and had the first six or seven, and thought, ‘Wow.’ I was just dialed in.”

Klostermann had flirted with perfection in the past.

“I’ve always wanted to get a 300, so for the first one, I was just nervous. The closest I’d ever come was 10 in a row last year in league,” said Klostermann. “Once you get that strike in the ninth frame, the nerves go up a lot. You know the teams around you are watching to see what’s going on. Nobody around you is bowling so that makes it even worse. You just know everybody is watching you.”

Klostermann had no inkling going back-to-back was in the cards.

“It’s unbelievable. I was just happy enough with the first one. Starting the last game I thought I’d never bowled a 700 series before,” he said. “Going into the last game I was at 534, so I was thinking I just needed a 166. That’s all I wanted. I told my teammates that and they told me to go for the 800 series.”

Klostermann stayed in the groove in game three.

“I started thinking, ‘Wow, am I really going to do this again?’ It’s funny — in the sixth frame I threw a Brooklyn strike — where I hit the wrong side of the headpin — and it was just a lucky strike,” Klostermann said. “About halfway through the third game, I noticed more and more people were coming over to our area. I don’t like attention that much and everybody was watching. It just puts more pressure on you.”

With the historic achievement on the line, Klostermann came through in a big way.

“I looked back after the 10th frame and saw so many people watching and thought it was just going to make it harder,” he said. “But when it’s your night, it’s your night. I guess I was just on.”

Klostermann plans to continue enjoying his weekly league matches, knowing he has a tough act to follow.

“I’ll approach things the same as I did before the 300 games. I accomplished something amazing, but I want to remain humble and just bowl as well as I can,” he said. “My goals haven’t changed because I’m just a once-a-week league bowler. I do it to have fun and hang with the guys on my team.

“My expectations have changed a little because now I know how good I can bowl and I would like to continue to improve every week going forward.”