Brandon Weiker of Fremont Ross is fascinated by storms.
So it’s no surprise he enjoys making the thunder roll as an accomplished bowler. Weiker, who will bowl on the club team at Wright State, qualified to this weekend’s districts at second overall with a 646 series.
“His physical game is probably as good as any high school bowler I’ve seen and he’s as good as any 17-year old out there,” said Little Giants coach Rick LaFountain, who bowled club for four years at Toledo. “He’ll do a good job with the benefit of better coaching than I can give. He’s a great kid and great leader.”
Weiker was often like an assistant coach.
“Double bonus,” LaFountain said. “He’ll put up numbers and he helps the other kids with advice on lines to shoot. He makes it about the team and he’s got a good future in the game.”
Weiker has qualified to districts three times. He missed advancing to state by six pins last season.
“I hope to do well and go to state.”
Weiker said he had to adjust to an oil pattern at sectionals that was different from his junior year.
“It made me really focus on picking up spares and slowing myself down. Make sure I can throw good shots repetitively.”
Weiker, who has a stanglehold on Ross’s record book, was conference bowler of the year as a sophomore and junior. He averaged 220 as a junior and averages 231 as a senior.
“I always wanted to be an elite bowler. I never thought I’d be the top bowler in the conference and I didn’t think I’d bowl in college. Some day I would like to be a professional bowler on the PBA Tour.”
Weiker has learned to put miscues behind him. “When I was a freshman, I’d let little mistakes get the best of me. Now, I can rebound faster and keep my head up to shoot better scores.”
Weiker got to know Wright State assistant Rex Wolfe bowling at Junior Bowling Tournament Association events but didn’t know Wolfe was affiliated with Wright State.
“He told me he’d been watching me and invited me for an evaluation (fall of 2012) with all the coaches. The coaches seemed impressed and they made it seem like a fun place but one where I could gain a lot of knowledge.
“It means a lot (to continue my career). I’ve worked my whole life. I feel grateful to go to the next level. It’s a good program and getting better. It’s amazing to be a part of it.”
Weiker’s parents are bowlers and his father, Jon, has told Weiker that from the time he could grab a ball he tried to roll it. Weiker drove Jon crazy rolling a basketball into plastic pins in the basement.
Weiker, who also plays baseball and golf for Ross, is undecided on his course of study at Wright State but knows he wants to be a meteorologist. First, he wants to storm though districts and state.