|Noon becomes record-setting bowler (02-14-13)|
|Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Thursday, 14 February 2013 10:22|
Alisha Noon is establishing herself as a record-setting bowler.
The Bowling Green sophomore became the youngest female to bowl a 300 game in the city when she achieved it during a high school match Jan. 28.
"She is a natural talent," BG coach Steve Etzel said. "Her ability to repeat shots this year has really improved."
Pointing to a perfect strike Noon rolled during practice, Etzel said: "All 12 of her strikes in her 300 were just that good - solid, flush."
Noon said she began bowling when she was in first grade in Al-Mar Lanes' after school bowling program. However she did not take it seriously until she reached middle school.
In eighth grade, she rolled her previous high game of 276 - that was until this season. Just over a week prior to her 300, Noon rolled a 289 game in Defiance in a nonconference match. In that session, she also bowled a 236 for a two-game total of 525. She had the first 10 strikes in the 289 game before leaving a 4-pin on the 11th ball.
She admitted she, perhaps, began thinking too much when she left that 4-pin.
At the time, the 289 was the record for a BGHS girl, until she bowled her 300.
Against Napoleon in a Northern Lakes League match, she rolled 12 strikes for the 300 and followed with a 223 for a 523 total. Last Friday, she came within one shot of another 300, rolling a 279 in a nonconference match against Rossford.
"I really didn't do anything different," Noon said of her 300. "I don't know, I just focused and hit my mark."
Noon said she always has a goal to bowl her best and does not focus on anything else.
"You get too focused and you don't make good shots," Noon said.
In most high school matches, the bowlers only bowl two regulation games, so outside of junior leagues, she has not had many opportunities to record a high three-game series. She believes her high series is between 660 and 670.
Noon said her parents, Evelyn and Mike Noon, are avid bowlers and she enjoyed her after school games when she attended both Kenwood and Conneaut elementaries.
As a sophomore at BGHS, she says she has not given a lot of thought to collegiate bowling or career plans. However, pursing a degree and a college bowling scholarships are in her plans.
"Scouts can't talk to you until your junior or senior year," she said. "So I am not thinking about it, yet."
Etzel said one of the keys to Noon's success this year is that she has worked to keep her head and shoulders up when in her release.
She also has found success when she changed balls.
"Since she got that newer ball, she has just been smoking them," Etzel said. "She has a very strong determination to bowl well."
Noon's scoring pace is among the best of all Ohio high schools. In eight NLL matches this year, she averaged 209.75, 20 pins higher than any other girl in the league. Her nearest challenger for top average was her teammate, Kelsey Parker, who averaged 189.75.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association shows only four high school girls had achieved a 300 during competition prior to this bowling season. One of those was Carrie Lorenzen for Eastwood High School during the 2007-08 season.
Eastwood's Kyle Waynick rolled a 300 game on his 15th birthday. Noon missed his record by just over six months. His 300 game was in a youth league, not in a high school match.
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