Ryan Braun of Spring Valley bowled an 811 during league night on Feb. 16. This is the first score of 800 or over in a series bowled at Valley Lanes, according to owner Geri Riehl. (Tribune photo by Sonya Meyerhofer)
Ryan Braun of Spring Valley bowled an 811 during league night on Feb. 16. This is the first score of 800 or over in a series bowled at Valley Lanes, according to owner Geri Riehl. (Tribune photo by Sonya Meyerhofer)
Ryan Braun, 25, of Spring Valley, bowled the first 800 series - well, 811, to be exact - at Valley Lanes in Spring Valley during league night Thursday, Feb. 16.

His score, which consists of a three-game series, where the best one could potentially get is a perfect score of 900, was 279 the first game, 278 the second and 254 the third. He bowled 30 out of 36 possible strikes.

Braun, whose mother, Geri Riehl, owns Valley Lanes, has been bowling since he was 3 years old. He enjoys playing on two bowling leagues on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Braun, who does construction work, is also a professional bowler who in his spare time has participated in state tournaments and is planning to compete in a Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) tournament next month in Iowa.

In November 2008, about a week after Jon Westphal bowled the first 300 at Valley Lanes, Braun bowled the second 300. All in all, with league time and state tournaments, Braun has bowled 10 perfect games. He now has one 300 keepsake ring, which resembles a class ring, through the United States Bowling Congress and another 300 ring is on the way. Now, considering his score Feb. 16, he will soon have an 800 series ring.

Braun said he was in a state of disbelief when he realized his score that night. "After the second game, I knew my score was high. Halfway through the third game, I couldn't believe it," he said.

Witnessing his score, along with his mother, were his Thursday night league teammates, Michael Clark, Jiles Thomas, Jesse Stankey and Trenton Highland.

Riehl said she was excited for him. "He came back and talked to me three times (throughout the game). I told him to take a deep breath," she noted.

"It's the first 800 here at Valley Lanes. I am sure I will never do it (get 800) myself and I have never seen it done before. It was exciting."