Baldwin bowlers reflect on strong season

BALDWIN — The recently completed bowling season for the Baldwin Panthers featured a boys team that was undefeated in the conference.

Among the top bowlers has been senior Nick Greene in his second year of bowling. From last season, “I’ve improved tremendously,” Greene said. “I went from a 140 (average) to around 160 and 170. Coach (Nick Miller) has been getting on me a lot. I’ve been listening to him and hitting my mark consistently.”

His best game has been a 212.

His boys team has been “very strong and undefeated and conference champs,” Greene said. “We had four of us come back. We did better than we were last year.”

Greene was hoping to qualify for state as a team and individual but fell short of that goal. He also played football in the fall and hopes to play baseball in the spring.

“We’ve picked up our game a lot,” said Brandon Avery, a four-year senior, who went on to win the state title as an individual bowler last weekend. “This is not the best team I’ve been on, but probably the second best team.”

Prior to the state finals, Avery said he was bowling his best of his career “by far. It’s been a lot better. My average is up by 15 pins compared to last year.”

Avery also plays football and baseball for Baldwin.

“Bowling to me is more serious than football and baseball,” he said. “It’s what I’ve been doing the longest and it’s my favorite one.”