Johnson recalls 290, 300 games at Baldwin Bowling Center

BALDWIN — Juson Johnson has been in sports his entire life and comes from a family that has enjoyed success for Baldwin in football, basketball and track.

But for Johnson, he’s had success for a long time in bowling and continues to enjoy plenty of good fortunes in that sport.

He’s the youngest brother of Juron and Juvon Johnson, who also were excellent Baldwin athletes.

Juson Johnson bowled a 290 during the regular season the week before city tournaments at the Baldwin Bowling Center in January. That’s his best game this season. Last season during city tournaments, he shot a 300 and picked up his ring.

He won’t soon forget his 290 game.

“The first one I shot a nine spare and the rest (were strikes),” Johnson said. 

His first throws “was perfect,” but just didn’t get the job done. He recalls 300 and remembers his last throw.

“I was crying like a little baby,” he smiled. “It’s my first 300.”

Johnson said he’s bowled as long as he can remember.

“I have a picture when I was a little kid in the yard and my mom had me with a bowling ball and some pins set up in the grass,” he said. “I was bowling since I can walk.”

He lived in Petoskey at one time and bowled there. He’s in Baldwin now and bowls in the Thursday night men’s league. He hasn’t gotten an 800 series yet but has come close. But a main goal for Johnson is to get a perfect 900 series.

Johnson graduated in 1997 from Baldwin. He was all-state in track and football. He recalls his brothers bowled also but Juson seems to have really taken off with the sport.

“You can do it any time,” he said.