Knoch's Miner finishes second in WPIBL regionals
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Brett Miner cleared his head, made a four-step approach and rolled his 16-pound bowling ball down the arrow on the far right side of the lane. It curved back toward the center and crashed into the pins. The result: a strike.
It was the perfect start for Miner, a senior at Knoch High School, as he worked his way to a high score of 225 and a second-place finish at the Western Regional High School Bowling Championships on March 7 in North Versailles.
With his finish, he qualified for the Pennsylvania State High School Bowling Championships for the first time. He also received a runner-up plaque.
The feeling was surreal for Miner because he felt he overachieved.
“I honestly wasn't expecting to place that highly,” Miner said. “My goal was to make it to states and have fun from there.”
Butler's Megan Paul captured the girls regional championship and teammate Mikayla White finished fourth. The Butler girls finished sixth to make the cut for the state championship this past weekend, also in North Versailles.
On the boys' side, Butler's Jacob Cookson finished fourth, but the team placed ninth and did not qualify for states.
The top 12 individual and six team qualifiers advanced to the state event.
Miner has been on the Knoch bowling team since its inaugural season three years ago. His highest score at the high school level is 266. The team had a successful season last year as it made the state championships and finished fifth, but did not qualify this season.
Miner will represent the team in the state tournament.
He entered this season averaging 190. Hard work and dedication paid off. His average is now at 204 as a result of practicing four to five times a week. On Tuesday, Miner practices with the Knoch bowling team, which is followed up by a school match on Wednesday. On Saturday and Sunday, he practices with his weekend league. In his spare time, his love for bowling shows as he gets to the local bowling alley, Family Bowlaway, to continue working on his game.
“I started bowling around 2 years old,” he said. “I was just kind of raised through bowling. I liked it so much I never gave it up.”
After high school, Miner plans to continue bowling, along with representing the United States Armed Forces.
“Right now, I am in the United States Air Force delayed deployment,” Miner said. “Once I get in the Air Force, I will hopefully join their bowling team.”
D.J. Vasil is a freelance writer.
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