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Bowling with Isaiah

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Isaiah Williams
I had a class in bowling this semester. I felt it was going to be the best thing. Everyone wants — my mom has been talking to me about getting everyone back home and having this big family bowling [event], because every time we get together we want to have this big competition. There’s so many of us, everybody’s competitive and we want to have a big competition.\ \ \ So when I saw the bowling class last spring, I was like ‘This is my chance to get a leg up on the competition.’ My brother [Ira] took bowling classes when he was at Wake Forest, and this is my chance to get a leg up on this thing. I’ve always produced, but I’ve never produced to be a top name.\ \ \ So I come out to bowling and the score I had the first day was like 120. I hadn’t bowled for a while, so 120 was good for me. I progressed five pins, six pins, six pins. Then I got really bad and I started bowling 70s on a regular basis. One day, I just turned it all around and I bowled a 170, which was the peak of my performance. Then the last day of classes, I bowl a 80. It was the worst moment of my life. It was worse than bombing a final. It was worse than anything. I was like ‘Wow, I just bowled an 80 after all that progress.’\ \ \ But I was able to pamper myself with some good excuses. It just so happened they had the Cosmic Bowling the last day and they turned the lights off and they got the spinning colored lights. I put it on that. It threw my game off, and I’m going to leave it at that. I’m sure if I get to bowl on the lanes again, I’ll be up in the 170s again.
Patrick Stevens

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