Bowler reflects on state championship season

BALDWIN — It was a year ago when Brandon Avery won the Division 4 bowling state championship as a senior at Baldwin High School.

Now as a Baldwin graduate, Avery is still working on his bowling game. He's been doing that, and going to West Shore Community College. For his first year, he's bowling in the men's Thursday League at the Baldwin Bowling Center.

His high game is 279 and he's averaging a 205. His best series has been a 721. He also subs in the Wednesday League at Baldwin and does some bowling Friday night in Big Rapids.

“I've had my ups and downs,” he said. “I'm trying to keep it on the upside, though.”

Bowling in the adult league involves being more competitive than on the high school level, Avery has discovered. The leagues go from late September through April. The pressure tends to be a little higher, Avery points out.

In the 2011 state finals at Sunnybrook Lanes in Sterling Heights, Avery defeated Keaton Holtz of Bad Axe 416-323. It was a moment that Avery, also a football and baseball player at Baldwin, won't soon forget.

Avery plans on playing in the local summer softball league.