Michael Weber breaks Tournament record, leads Monsignor Martin in average score

Weber named Super 7 male athlete of the week

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Fifteen-year-old Michael Weber says the bowling lane is his comfort zone.

He's a sophomore on the St. Joseph Collegiate Institute's bowling team who's improving each and every game.

But one thing is constant for Weber. After each game he thanks one person, his dad.

"I love everything he's done for me," Weber said about his dad. "I wouldn't be here now if it wasn't for him."

The two are a father and son who love the sport of bowling.

Weber's dad, Michael, gives advice to his son whenever he can and says watching him grow on the lane has been special.

"He's by far surpassed everything I've ever done," Michael said. "Once I graduated from high school and bowled with adults, I had a couple of accomplishments but nothing compared to what he has at the age of fifteen done."

Weber is a former state champion, has a 300 to his name and is a prestigious record holder.

At the Lou Marcantonio Memorial Tournament in late December, Weber bowled a three-game first session of 823, breaking a nearly 14-year old Tournament record.

But that's not all.

Weber then bowled a 779 in the 2nd session, breaking the total day record that was once set by a John Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda High School who's now a competitor on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour.

"It's crazy. The type of caliber bowler he is now and was," Weber said. "I broke it a year before he did too, he was a junior when he did it and I'm a sophomore." 

Weber is currently averaging a near 220 to lead the Monsignor Martin League. His average score is also good enough to compete at the State Championship.

That's the goal for Weber right now. He not only wants to bowl another 300 but wants to give his best everyday to compete against the best of New York.

"I gotta just stay focused and throw good shots out there," Weber said about keeping that average up to compete at States. "I have to keep my head up and not get frustrated with the mental game."
 

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