Falcons’ Kitcho perfect at NFL Championships, brother not far behind
Kitcho, a Niagara-Wheatfield senior, rolled the first 300 game of his career during the Niagara Frontier League championships that were held Jan. 25 at the Tonawanda Bowling Center.
“I know,” Kitcho said, the disbelief still evident in his voice. “It’s crazy.”
A senior in his fifth season of varsity with the Falcons, Kitcho capped off his day of perfection with a 760 high series to lead all bowlers.
While reaching a milestone moment like this was obviously special for Kitcho, being able to do it in front of his friends and peers in the league made it that much more memorable.
“I’m just glad I finally did it and I’m glad I did with pretty much everybody there,” Kitcho said. “It just made feel good that I could do it in front of everyone and most of my friends that I’ve known for years where there, too. It’s a great feeling.”
While Kitcho is obviously excited to bowl his first 300, he said there was additional satisfaction in knowing that it wasn’t a fluke.
Leading the NFL in high series and third in average, Kitcho said the day itself was really just another step in what has been a consistent season of production for him.
“I struggled in the past couple of years and now I’ve finally just been able to put it all together — not letting up and just giving it everything I’ve got,” Kitcho said.
Overjoyed to see Kitcho hit 300, Falcons’ coach John Boutet said that his bowler’s score solidifies the great season Kitcho has enjoyed.
“He’s been rock solid all season long,” Boutet said. “He’s been either our best bowler or our second best bowler every single night. He’s one of those kids that you can just count on every single day to give you everything he’s got every time he bowls.”
Though Kitcho is as cool as they come, he was a little nervous stepping to the line in the 10th frame with 300 hanging in the balance.
“(I was just) having fun, one of my teammates Nate Maloney was joking around with me, keeping me calm,” Kitcho said.
Interestingly enough, the day almost had a double dose of perfection as Colten’s brother, Collin, flirted with a 300 game as well when he fronted seven strikes. But ended up falling short with a 266.
“It would have been quite a thing to see if we both did it,” Colten said. “A lot of eyes could have been opened and (saying), ‘oh, those brothers are bowling well.”
Perfect game or not, those Kitcho brothers are indeed bowling well; Colten as well as ever.