Angel West was a success on the beam, bars and vault for years and now she is finding success on the lanes as well.
The Huber Heights bowler placed eighth overall and was the top 15 & under girl at the 2013 Junior Masters at Capri Lanes on May 12. The annual tournament brought in 140 competitors from eight states and awarded more than $23,000 in scholarships.
It was West’s third time competing at the Junior Masters and best finish.
“I actually struggled a little bit but I pulled through,” she said. “It was a pretty tough shot and very tough competition.”
West is used to tough competition, especially in the Dayton area. While Kentucky bowler Chelsey Stephens won the girls bracket, half of the top eight placers were local bowlers – Kaila Ryan (third), Sierra Kanemoto (fifth), Kayla Cummings (seventh) and West.
“I’ve always looked up to those girls so it was great to bowl with them,” West said.
West got a later start on the lanes than some youth bowlers. She was a gymnast since she was a toddler, attaining Level 7 status before she decided to hang up her leotard.
“I was looking for something else to do and my dad is a bowler so I decided to give it a try,” she said.
There was a bit of learning curve, which was frustrating at times for the competitive Wayne High School sophomore. With the help of her dad, Scott, she pushed through.
Five years later, West has aspirations well beyond helping the Warriors qualify to state.
“My major goal is to bowl professionally,” she said.
In the meantime, however, she would be satisfied with a strong performance at the upcoming Junior Gold Championships.
“I want to show that I can do what I set out to do.”
Boys bracket: New York bowler Andrew Herbert placed first in the boys division. The top local placer was Kyler McDonald who placed 12th overall. Kyle Cook (13th), Eric Sacks (14th) and Zach Foster (16th) rounded out the area placers.
2013 Junior Masters
1. Chelsey Stephens
2. Melanie Hannon
3. Kaila Ryan
4. Rachel Albright
5. Sierra Kanemoto
Top Dayton placer: Kaila Ryan (3rd)
Top 15 & under: Angel West
1. Andrew Herbert
2. Keifer Hillerich
3. James Luc Russell
4. Corben Sadowski
5. Matt Wallace
Top Dayton placer: Kyler McDonald (12th)
Top 15 & under: James Luc Russell