by Fred Eisenhammer
WINNETKA – It didn’t take long before Justin Pluchino got acclimated to the adult bowling leagues.
Two months after he graduated from the youth leagues, the 20-year-old Pluchino crushed his first 800 series. Pluchino, a Professional Bowlers Assn.
Tour aspirant, rifled scores of 267, 263 and 279 to finish with an 809 during competition in the Men’s Classic Handicap League at Winnetka Bowl.
“I was really stroked about it,” Pluchino said. “I’ve been waiting for it for a long time.” Pluchino, who will celebrate his 21st birthday on Veterans Day, was a dominant performer during his years in the youth leagues. In July, Pluchino won multiple awards for his masterful performance in the California USBC Youth Championships at Forest Lanes in
the Orange County city of Lake Forest.
The right-handed Pluchino claimed titles in both the singles and Masters divisions. He added second-place finishes in doubles (with Julia Frias) and in the all-events category.
In earning his singles title, Justin crushed a 756 series (235, 254, 267) to finish 25 pins ahead of Matthew Chestnut.
Pluchino, who has rolled a perfect game and a 900 no-tap series, had a series high of 796 before he blasted his 809. He was averaging a robust 239 before recording his 800 series. Pluchino bowls anchor for his Classic Handicap League fiveman team, called “The Gamers.”
There are no weak spots on “The Gamers.” Pluchino’s teammates are Billy Mulvihill, who averages 203, Ray Kwong (186), Wayne McClean (211) and Drew Stern (207).Pluchino is fitting in well.