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Curtis Vanderstaay: Bowling His Way to the Top

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Captain Curtis Vanderstaay poses regally while waiting to get called for a competition. Vanderstaay has gone to two competitions this week, getting in as much bowling time as he can.

Captain Curtis Vanderstaay poses regally while waiting to get called for a competition. Vanderstaay has gone to two competitions this week, getting in as much bowling time as he can.

Captain Curtis Vanderstaay poses regally while waiting to get called for a competition. Vanderstaay has gone to two competitions this week, getting in as much bowling time as he can.

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Senior Curtis Vanderstaay, captain of the bowling team, has one of the best bowling averages, with a 210 out of 300. He has worked on that bowling score since he was seven years old, which is when he started bowling.

“People mostly just come to me for moral support,” Vanderstaay said.

Vanderstaay has been captain of the bowling team for the past two years. He enjoys his job greatly. His main job is offering moral support and reassurance to the team.

“I’ll just go up to him and be like ‘tell me I can get this.'” senior Celeste VanHoiser said.

When Vanderstaay is not at school, studying, or bowling he is working at Crown Lanes, Leavenworth and Lansing’s bowling alley, as the cook. Some days he will get to work early or stay late just to bowl a few frames, either by himself or with some friends or team members.

“They’re just so much fun to be around,” Vanderstaay remarked about his team. “It’s just a big, wonderful, happy group of people.”

Due to his outstanding abilities at bowling he has gotten two regional awards–one state award and seven hundreds (bowling an average of 233.33 for a series of games). He is a Kansas City Open Bowling champion.  Even though he is currently deciding on whether he wants to attend college at Kansas University or Wichita State, he has been offered many scholarships for bowling.

“Bowling is my life,” Vanderstaay said lovingly. “I would probably die without it.”

Vanderstaay loves bowling so much and is so good at it that he is even considering pursuing it as a career. He wishes to either become a professional bowler or to become an accountant. He feels, however, that he will most likely end up being a co-owner of a bowling alley and being in charge of the alley’s finances.

“The bowling team is state bound!,” Vanderstaay predicted happily.

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