Updated: Tuesday, 18 Dec 2012, 6:40 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 18 Dec 2012, 6:20 PM EST
ALEXANDRIA, Ind. (WISH) - Alexandria bowler Mason Ward is one of the state’s best. He owns the high game, high series and high average in the state of Indiana. He’s even bowled a 300, the highest score you can possibly earn.
“I love the individual aspect and just trying for high scores,” said Ward.
Ward started bowling when he was 3, following in the footsteps of his dad, Mickey.
“In his diapers, he’d be in the living room pushing around a bowling ball and making all kinds of noise, so I knew he had some interest in it,” said the elder Ward.
And as Mason has shown in his competitive outings, there’s a lot more to the sport of bowling than simply throwing a ball down a lane.
“It’s real technical especially when you compete at a higher level,” said his father, Mickey. “There’s different layout patterns on the ball, different surface finishes, and lane conditions so you have to know how to adjust. There’s a lot more to it than meets the eye.”
While he does have a coach through the high school bowling team, Mason also turns to videotaping himself to improve.
“When I videotape myself I’ll see if I’m cupping it down at the bottom or if my leg is not in line or if my back is not straight or if I simply don’t follow through right. It just helps me critique anything that needs to be fixed,” added Mason.
As for the future, Mason would like to earn a scholarship to bowl in college and from there, maybe get a shot at the professional leagues.