Niagara Gazette — Tyler Roskwitalski has always been a good bowler.
Lew-Port’s junior is entering his fifth year on the school’s varsity team, having made the team as a seventh grader, and is coming off a sophomore season that landed him a spot on the second All-Niagara Frontier League team. He’s bowled his whole life, spending many a day with his father, Dean, at a local alley learning the tricks of the game, and goes all over Western New York with his travel bowling team to get a taste of top local competition.
This year, though, Roskwitalski’s taken his game to the next level. Lew-Port’s lead kegler is pacing the NFL — traditionally one of the top leagues in WNY — with a 230.89, more than 13 points better than the next highest bowler and more than 25 points better than his average from last year.
“He’s gotten off to the best start he ever has, and I’ve had him for five years,” Lew-Port coach Dave Sicoli said. “He’s a student of the game, and he really works at it. I’ve been bowling my entire life, and he sees some things out there on the lanes that I would never notice.”
Most of Roskwitalski’s success comes from his approach to the game, which includes a thorough understanding of local lanes and a few quirks. Roskwitalski uses up to six balls a game, with different balls drilled in different locations for varying splits and lane conditions.
“When he comes to the match, you would think he’s going on vacation or something with all the bags he’s carrying,” Sicoli said. “He studies the game, and depending on the oil pattern and what kind of spare he’s going for, he’ll use a different ball on his second shot.”