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Athlete of the Issue: Kenny Miner

Kenny Miner, a junior on the bowling team, met his goals this year as he was honored as Athlete of the Week. Miner started bowling his freshman year of high school and started on the junior varsity team but later moved up to compete with the varsity team. 

Miner’s interest in bowling grew from the age of seven where he would watch the Professional Bowlers’ Association and has been bowling and training since his freshman year. 

Even though Miner is only a junior his leadership and perseverance shows as he talks to the team before each match to encourage them and get his team motivated. 

Kenny Miner and his teammate Aneis Zerillo celebrating first and third place at Big North Tournament.
(Photo courtesy of Kenny Miner)

“I often give a pre-match speech to the team after Coach Quazza. I have the most experience on the varsity team, and I need to be the best leader that I can be” Miner said. 

 Miner was a huge factor for the bowling team this year as he is also a nominee for the New Jersey Boy’s Bowler of the year but emphasizes that he could not have done it without his team.

“It’s not a one man team. Everyone on the team has stepped up big time, it’s not a team that’s carried by one or two people” Miner said. 

Going into the season, Miner did not know whether the team was going to be good or bad, especially because they only had two returning players from last year. But Miner had high hopes that he and his new teammates would step up and make history, which they did. 

Since Miner started on junior varsity at sectionals it was his first time playing varsity consistently so it was important for him to prove he has what it takes. 

The bowling team posing for their Division title picture.
(Photo courtesy of Kenny Miner)

“Bowling the best series I’d ever thrown before that point, and that getting me to the Individual States was never something I could’ve dreamt of at the time. That was really the moment that I realized that I can be as good as anyone, and I’ve kept that mentality to this day,” Miner said. 

Miner placed 14th in the whole North 1 section and qualified for individual state finals. Miner not only made history for himself and the bowling team but he proved to himself that he had what it takes to bowl and he can be as good as anyone. 

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Lilly Hamlin
Lilly Hamlin, Sports Editor
Hi! My name is Lilly Hamlin, I'm a senior, and the Sports Editor of The Northern Star. In my free time, I enjoy playing volleyball, basketball and softball, as well as spending time with my friends. A fun fact about me, is that my favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip! I am looking forward to writing sports articles and interviewing many athletes this upcoming year.
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