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STAR BOWLER, 8, HAS TALENT TO SPARE A.V. YOUNGSTER IN THE FAST LANE WITH 212 RECORD-SETTING GAME.

Byline: John Sanders Special to the Daily News

PALMDALE - When Tim Roderick saw his son, Ryan, bowl three consecutive strikes, he knew the game was going to be something special.

It turns out Roderick was right; Ryan finished with a 212.

That's not bad for any bowler, but it's great for an 8-year-old.

Ryan's game is believed to be the highest game ever bowled by an 8-year-old in the Antelope Valley. It is not far behind the national record for that age: a 243 by Carter Pruitt of Illinois, bowled this year.

Ryan, who started bowling at age 4, said that he would like to be a professional football player and bowler.

``I think I'll be able to make $1,000,'' Ryan said. ``Bowling is fun for me.''

Ryan is the son of a former professional bowler. Tim Roderick was a professional bowler for one year on the PBA tour.

``I'm very proud of him,'' Roderick said of his son.

Ryan's record game, bowled June 23 at the Brunswick Vista Lanes in Palmdale, started with three consecutive strikes, followed by three spares, a strike in the seventh frame, then three more spares.

Ryan finished his game knocking down nine pins in the 11th frame.

A perfect, or 300, game in bowling is 12 consecutive strikes.

``I love bowling because I can bowl a 200 sometimes,'' Ryan said.

His previous high game was a 169, where he competed in a Coca-Cola tournament, finishing in eighth place. Ryan currently holds a 100 average, Tim said.

Despite his talent in bowling, Roderick said Ryan's passion is football.

``I do not want him to play football,'' Roderick said. ``I think he likes trying to make me happy. I think if he had his choice he would play football.''

Ryan plays with older youngsters in his junior league, ranging from ages 9-12, including his older brother, Stevn.

Stevn sports a higher average (120) than Ryan, but Ryan will be the first to say that he has bowled a higher game than his older sibling.

``I tease him that I beat him by one pin,'' Ryan said.

Roderick knows that he has two potential stars, and he enjoys the excitement of watching his two sons.

``I get more enjoyment watching the little guys bowl than I have bowling myself,'' he said. ``I love watching the look on their face when they make a good shot.''

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(1 -- color) Ryan Roderick, 8, shows off his record-setting form as a bowler. The youngster also has aspirations to play professional football.

(2) Ryan Roderick, who began bowling at 4, holds the Antelope Valley record for high score for a bowler in his age group.

Gene Blevins/Special to the Daily News
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