Carson Kohler has always found enjoyment in bowling.
But it didn’t have the same appeal growing up for the Charlotte senior as basketball and baseball.
Those two sports were the passions for Kohler, even as he showed a knack for being a strong bowler.
Things changed for Kohler when he had postseason success bowling as a freshman and captured a regional championship.
“Once I won regionals freshman year, that was really my turning point,” said Kohler, who had basketball as his top priority over bowling while dual-sporting in the winter season as a freshman.
“After that, I quit basketball and I really started to focus on bowling.”
The passion has now become bowling for Kohler, who has flourished for the Orioles since the strong finish to his freshman season. And the latest LSJ high school athlete of the week winner had a big accomplishment Sunday when he rolled a 300 during the CAAC singles championships at Royal Scot Lanes.
Kohler’s 300 came a game after DeWitt’s Alexander Miller rolled a 300 on the lane next to him during the qualifying block at the CAAC meet. He became the third CAAC boys bowler to roll a 300 this season, also joining Holt’s David Schaberg.
“It meant a lot to me because it really shows how far I’ve come and how much work I’ve put in and that it’s paying off,” Kohler said.
Kohler became the second Charlotte bowler to accomplish the feat. Austin Landry rolled a 300 in 2009 for the Orioles.
The 300 was the first of the bowling career for Kohler, who had come close to the feat a few times before. That included bowling a 279 earlier this month.
Charlotte boys bowling coach Scott Mather was glad to see Kohler complete the 300.
“I could see some pressure taken off of him because that’s the ultimate goal in bowling with throwing that 300 game,” Mather said. “You could just see all the years of working hard and all the practices (paying off). It was jubilation (for him), saying ‘Yes, this is finally it and I did it.’ It was climbing that mountain for him.”
Kohler hopes the 300 provides momentum as he chases a strong ending to his high school bowling days. He earned Michigan High School Interscholastic Bowling Coaches Association all-state honors as a sophomore after reaching the quarterfinals of the Division 2 singles state tournament. Getting back to that point is a top goal.
Mather believes Kohler has what it takes to reach those goals.
“I think (the 300) a huge confidence booster for him to take that next step,” Mather said.
“I believed this was going to be his year to shine. He had all the motivational things in place with last year kind of being a shortened season. He was all in on this season.”
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