One of the finalists for the 2022 VanDyk Mortgage West Michigan Conference boys Bowler of the Year award was a regional champion, while another has a 300-game under his belt.
All three finalists are worthy of consideration to be called the league’s top bowler for the 2022 season.
The trio was selected as finalists by a CatchMark SportsNet panel consisting of Scott DeCamp, Brent Raeth and Zach Zweigle.
Next week, a poll will open and readers will vote to determine which of those three bowlers wins the award. Fan polls of all 2021-22 winter sports will be released in one story at CatchMarkSports.com. Readers will be allowed to vote once per hour in each poll for as long as the polls remain open.
This week, a story will be published each day revealing three Player of the Year finalists in a winter sport. Here is the scheduled lineup:
- Monday: Boys basketball
- Tuesday: Girls basketball
- Wednesday: Boys wrestling
- Thursday: Girls wrestling
- Friday: Boys bowling
- Saturday: Girls bowling
All finalists for VanDyk Mortgage Player of the Year will be invited to an upcoming awards presentation and honorary dinner, where trophies and certificates will be presented. A trophy that stays in our CatchMark office will have the names of the Players of the Year engraved on it.
Here are the three finalists for Bowler of the Year on the boys side, along with their season stats and achievements. They are listed alphabetically:
Gordon turned in a big season for the Bulldogs. He earned an individual regional championship in Division 4 and competed at the state finals, missing the top 16 at the finals by just 11 pins.
The left-hander averaged 172 for the season with a high game of 279. He averaged 187 in 21 West Michigan Conference games to lead the league.
Gordon was a second-team all-state performer and received first-team all-conference.
Gordon’s coaches say he has a great attitude and that he’s a quiet leader of the team.
Another lefty, just like Ravenna’s Dylan Gordon, Miller assembled a strong senior season for the Wildcats.
Miller averaged 163 for the third-best average among West Michigan Conference bowlers. He really shined in the postseason with four 200 games, two of them 218s.
Miller’s high regular-season game was 209 and high regular-season series 381. He missed the state finals cut by 13 pins.
Miller was anchor bowler for Montague, which was runner-up in the West Michigan Conference and in the Greater Muskegon Athletic Association tournament.
Workman was the No. 1 bowler for Whitehall, which captured West Michigan Conference and Greater Muskegon Athletic Association championships.
The senior ranked third in scoring average among conference bowlers at 170 over the course of 19 games. His overall average on the season was 164 with a high game of 236 and high two-game series of 445. The four-year varsity starter averaged 179 over his career.
Workman finished four places from qualifying for the Division 2 state finals as an individual.
During his sophomore season, Workman became the only West Michigan Conference bowler to roll a 300.
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