Huron youngster lights up the lanes

Winschel's first 300 comes on TV
Butch Wagner
Feb 18, 2014
Lights! Camera! Action!
Huron junior Alex Winschel stepped front and center last week when the television lights came on at Riverview Lanes during a high school bowling match.

Rivals Perkins and Huron battled it out in a Sandusky Bay Area Bowling Conference match with the accent on boys competition.

It marked the first time the Buckeye Cable Sports Network (BCSN) televised a local match, and Winschel responded in a big, big way.

He tossed a 300 for the Tigers in the first game, his first since he started bowling at the age of four. “I knew we were going to bowl on TV and all I could think about was that going in, and it was the first game. I tried to stay calm but I have to admit I was shaking all over by the time we got to the 10th frame” Winschel said.

“The first one was out a little but the ball found its way back to the pocket. The second ball was a good shot and my last one was probably the best of the bunch,” he added. “I had a 298 while messing around a couple of weeks ago but that was in practice. My highest before that was 287 in a match.

“I came back in the second game with 247 and the 547 for the two games is not my best. I've had a 556," said the anchor on the Huron team that won the Division II sectional title Friday night at the Harbor lanes in Port Clinton. His personal high three-game series is 732.

“We had a very good match with Perkins last week and it went right down to the wire. Perkins beat us by 19 pins and stayed undefeated in the conference” Winschel said.

“I feel I'm a bowler who throws straight up and I had the line early on and was able to stay focused all day. You always dream of a 300 game and to do that in a match is special, and a bonus to be able to reach that goal on television. Its something I'll never forget, that's for sure,” the 17-year-old youngster said.

“I remember when I started in the junior program here. I believe the average my first year was 32. Now I'm carrying a 212."

Winschel is the third area bowler to check off 12 strikes in succession in a high school match.

"My biggest improvement is in consistency.,” he said. “I've been able to throw the ball in the same spot over and over again, and I've also done a lot better making my spares”

Cole Lamarca and Chase Boyer of Perkins also carved out 300s. Lamarca is a member of the Perkins team while Boyer graduated in 2013.

Huron is one of four boys' teams to qualify for the Division II district tournament Saturday afternoon in Lima.

The Tigers won the sectional at PC by eight pins over Port Clinton. Clyde and Willard also advanced along with Ryan Reikowski of Norwalk St. Paul in the individual category.

Huron's lineup consists of seniors Jordan Stutzman, Benji Battiste and Josh Minton, and freshman Nick Stutzman. The coaches are Jeff Decker and Mark Winschel.



Congratulations are definitely in order for this young man. Throwing a 300 is no easy feat, by any means. So good job man, here's to hopping you throw many more, and you can at some point reach that fabled 900 series.

I've been bowling for 20 years and the closest I've ever come was a 279, dang ten pins! But some people will go their whole career without ever throwing a 300, and this young man has done it at such a young age. He's got nothing but progression in his future.

Once again, congrats young man!