By Madeline Master
Walled Lake Central’s boys bowling team did not spare the competition this season. Not only did the team achieve an overall season record of 9-6, but they also advanced to state finals on February 28 at Sunnybrook Lanes in Sterling Heights where they placed 6th. Notably, freshman Matthew Abraham finished in the top 60 individual bowlers with a score of 1056.
According to sophomore bowler Gordon McWilliams, Central fell short at the Oakland County meet, but came back during states finishing in 6th place. It was only Central’s luck to have to face the U of D Jesuit Cubs who placed third in the entire state.
“As a team, over the course of the season, we’ve really been on the ball,” said McWilliams, “I don’t think Central had a low point. If anything, it would be falling short at Oakland County, but we came back as the sixth best team in Michigan.”
As a freshman, Abraham made it into the top 60 bowlers in the state. This is the first of many successes for Abraham as he begins his journey as a Walled Lake Central Varsity bowler.
This year, the varsity team was composed of 7 bowlers, and the JV team, 13 bowlers. The varsity team’s high score for the season was 1187 pins in one game.
Junior Jon Bratton made a noteworthy contribution to the team this season when he bowled a perfect game, a 300 (achieved when a bowler throws a strike every time he is up to bowl).
“Jon Bratton has done the best for our team. He averages about a 210 and he is Central’s best bowler,” explained McWilliams.
The season has come to a close, but the team has high hopes and standards leading into next season.