Joel Logan tore open the package from the U.S. Bowling Congress, removed the ring box and opened it.

Although he knew what the ring was going to look like, he spent several moments admiring it. He slipped it on his finger and it fit perfectly.

The ring commemorates Logan's perfect game that he rolled in April at East Lincoln Lanes.

Every 300 game is special to a league bowler, but this one was even more so. It came two years after Logan, 46, tore the ACL in his left knee, went through strenuous physical rehabilitation and spent countless hours practicing on the lanes in an effort to regain his bowling skills.

"The 300 game meant a lot to me because of how hard I've worked the past two years," said Logan, of Stewartstown. "I know a lot of bowlers don't wear their 300 ring, but I'm definitely wearing mine. I'm proud of it. It gives me a genuine feeling of accomplishment, and it's a constant reminder not to take anything for granted."

The perfect game was just Logan's second in a career that has spanned more than four decades.

Logan injured his knee on April 1, 2011, during indoor softball practice as he slipped on the gym's rubber surface. His foot caught on the surface, severely twisting his knee. He described it as "feeling like my leg was going to fall off."


The next day, an orthopedic surgeon told him it was a serious injury. The surgeon used the ACL from a cadaver to replace the one Logan damaged.

Logan started an intense physical therapy program and returned to the lanes in November, a little more than seven months after surgery. In retrospect, he probably returned too early. His average fell from 215 in 2010-11 to 202 in 2011-12.

When he returned, Logan could only do left leg lifts with 10-pound weights. Because he couldn't put as much pressure on his left leg, he shifted more weight to his right leg, altering his delivery.

"I created a lot of bad habits," he said. "But I wanted to get back on the lanes as soon as possible. I knew there was no way I was quitting."

Last season was a frustrating one for Logan, who raised his average to 205. It ended on a positive note, however, as he rolled his perfect game the final week of the season.

"The 300 game gave me a shot in the arm," Logan said. "It meant I was back. It was so encouraging to see the result of my hard work."

Logan is competing in leagues this summer, continuing to improve his game with the hopes of being able to average 215 again.

"It's been a frustrating two years, but I'm glad I never gave up," he said. "I'm very optimistic about the upcoming season."