LOS ANGELES – Gatorade awards National High School Player of the Year honors in football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track and field.
That’s great news for the nine winners in attendance for Gatorade’s mixer at Lucky Strike Monday night; if their bowling skills had to get them to Tuesday night’s Gatorade Athlete of the Year awards banquet it would likely never happen.
The athletes, super human in their respective sports, managed an average score of 120.
Still, that didn’t stop Boys Basketball Player of the Year Ben Simmons from engaging in some good old fashioned trash talk when his father, Dave, rolled a gutter ball on his first attempt.
“Yeah, good job dad,” Simmons said sarcastically. “Keep that up.”
“You are not seriously talking right now are you,” Dave said. “Just keep watching.”
Two strikes later, Ben backed off… Somewhat.
There were, however, those athletes that were brutally honest about their inability to knock down pins.
When Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year Anna Rohner asked Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year Michael Norman if he wanted to bowl in someone’s place he laughed and said, “No, I’m good. I mean I really suck!”
Even Football Player of the Year Kyler Murray, who has never lost a high school football game as a starter (43-0) struggled with his score of 101.
Ever the competitor, Softball Player of the Year Rachel Garcia hobbled over to bowl despite being on crutches following her recent knee surgery after getting hurt in the state title game.
The worst part?
She actually looked on par with the competition.
After the lackluster bowling performance, Simmons, Murray and a handful of other athletes moved on to pool.
“I don’t bowl at all,” said Simmons, as he sunk the striped “2” ball in the corner pocket. “I guess I need to start. I’m looking a lot better here.”
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