Just rolling with it

Release. Curveball. Strike! Freshman Adrian Yamanoha rolls onto the bowling scene with a love over 10 years in the making.

After receiving a plastic bowling set from his parents as a toddler, Yamanoha’s love for bowling has grown from a simple childhood hobby to a lifelong passion. His love for the game sparked after his parents formed a tradition for going bowling every Sunday when he was four years old.

“Over time, I got really into [bowling], and I fell in love with the game. The thing I love most about bowling is the thrill. When you hear the noise and see all the pins fall down, you [can’t help but cheer],’” Yamanoha said.

Yamanoha’s small body frame forced him to use both hands to bowl when he was younger. Through his father’s support, Yamanoha has gained confidence in his bowling skills. He has trained to improve his strength and technique, allowing him to bowl with one hand.

“To improve my strength, I’ve worked on [getting stronger] constantly. My dad and I always went to practice, and he always motivated me and pushed me to do better. My dad really pushed me hard, and he gave me a sense of confidence because he believes in me, so I also started to really believe in myself,” Yamanoha said.

At 13-years-old, Yamanoha began bowling competitively at various city tournaments. His father entered him in increasingly competitive events including the Junior Amateur Tour and the Junior Bowling Tour as his bowling skills grew. So far, he has competed in nine tournaments.

“I was very nervous when I started playing [competitively]. There was a lot of pressure and a lot of people watching, but over time I gained confidence in myself, and I got more comfortable with playing,” Yamanoha said.

Yamanoha recently won first place in the Junior Amateur Tour tournament in Southern California with over 30 competitors. In the Junior Amateur Tour, competitors each played five games alone to determine the top 40 percent of players. From there, players competed in five more one-on-one matches, leaving the top three players to play single elimination matches to determine the final winner.

“At the beginning I was very optimistic and a little nervous, but as I progressed through [the tournament] I began to feel more relaxed. At the end I felt very happy and proud that I won but I knew I still had to work harder because I wasn’t [completely] satisfied with my preformance,” Yamanoha said.

Yamanoha aspires to become more like his role model in bowling, EJ Tackett. Yamanoha first saw Tackett on Youtube while browsing his recommended videos.

“[Tackett] is a really young bowler, so seeing him be a great professional from a very young age motivates me to work harder because I can be like him if I work hard. Practice makes perfect so if I work on the important aspects of the game and become very consistent I can be more like him,” Yamanoha said.

Following his high school graduation, Yamanoha is determined to attend a college with a bowling team on a scholarship to pursue his dream of becoming a professional bowler.

By Isaac Le, Staff writer

Photo by Kevin Arifin