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Piesczynski bowls 300 in USBC Tournament

Janette Piesczynski of Cheektowaga made history Sunday night when she rolled the first perfect game of the 2006 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.

Piesczynski opened her singles event with 12 consecutive strikes, making her just the second woman in the 103-year history of the Open Championships (formerly the American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament) to achieve perfection. Kristine Kropf of Antioch, Calif., became the first woman to roll a perfect game in tournament history in Reno, Nev., in 2001.

This was the fourth tournament appearance for Piesczynski, who bowled for the first time in 1999. The first year women were allowed to compete in the Open Championships was in Mobile, Ala., in 1994.

Piesczynski followed up the 300 game with 233 and 256 to take the lead in Regular Singles with 789, the highest series ever posted by a woman in Open Championships history. Piesczynski added 602 in team and 597 in doubles to move into third place in Regular All-Events with 1,988.

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