I guess what goes around really does come around.

During my comeback to the lanes this season, after taking last season off, it's been a grind. I'm averaging around deuce in the Goodtimers league at Sunset Lanes in Pekin. I was starting to wonder if I'd ever shoot 700 again.

But after watching my son, Andre, bowl in league and in the Peoria River City Association city tournament last weekend, I might have figured out something that might get me back on track.

I started coaching Andre when he was 16 and just starting to take an interest in bowling. Eight years later, he is much better than I am, even though he bowls just a couple of times a month because of a busy work schedule.

Last weekend he didn't shoot below 670 in any of his five three-game series. I paid close attention to his delivery, which was producing quite a few strikes.

Andre had already helped me out during the Over/Under 50 tournament we bowled at Roxy's a couple of weeks ago. He told me I was falling off to my right, which helped me right away. We ended up finishing third.

I made some adjustments to my approach last Wednesday at Sunset, trying to duplicate some of what Andre was doing, and had my best series in more than two years.

I started with the front eight strikes in a 264 game, and followed with a 232. In Game 3, I had the last 10 strikes in a 266 for a 762 series. I had a 598 the previous week, so this set came out of nowhere.

I don't know if that will continue, but I'm glad I taught Andre well. It's definitely paying off for me now.

Also in the Goodtimers league, Steve Martin started Game 2 with 10 strikes before leaving a 7-pin. He settled for a 289, and added games of 245 and 205 for a 739 set.

MAYBE NEXT YEAR: Kayla Johnson's name was not announced as a Team USA member after the USBC Team USA Trials last week in Las Vegas.

The former Washington bowler, a four-time member of Team USA, did not attend the trials this year.

"I haven't bowled since July," Johnson said. "I haven't had time, working six days a week, 12 to 14 hours a day. So I couldn't get out there this year, and have pretty much stepped away from it all."

Johnson, an all-American at Nebraska, returned to work for Caterpillar last June after a 1 1/2-year layoff. But the job is in Decatur, about 100 miles from the Perfect Angle Pro Shops that she and Danielle van der Meer are running in the Peoria area.

Prior to the move, Johnson was bowling fairly well. She won three titles in the Anna Mae Brown Women's City Tournament last season, and was on the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour.

But this year, she had to settle for watching the trials online.

"Of course I missed being there," Johnson said. "It's been my life. It's not a choice I wanted to make, it was a choice I had to make. Those are some of my best friends on the lanes. It's cool to see them chase their dreams, and it sucks that I have to watch from afar.

"This past week definitely hit me harder than I expected. It has definitely been a life change! Hopefully someday it will change."

JUNIOR LEADERS: Trevor Callear (1,622), Jeffrey McBride (1,638) and Emily Trice (1,162) are the early all-events leaders in the Peoria River City USBC Youth City Tournament after the first weekend at Christian Center Lanes.

The final two squads for the event are at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday.

JANUSZ BENEFIT: The benefit for Peoria River City Association Joe Janusz and his family is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Safari Bowl in Morton.

Janusz has had heart issues for the past few years, and has been at the Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago for the past few months. He is waiting to get on the heart transplant list. The benefit is to help his family cover some of the costs incurred during that time.

JOHNNY CAMPOS is the Journal Star bowling columnist. He can be reached at jcampos@pjstar.com or 686-3214. Read his Spare Change blog at blogs.pjstar.com/sparechange, or follow him on Twitter at @JohnnyCampos59.