It seemed like a normal day for Lewiston-Porter senior Jeremy Janese — school, a little bowling, checking his e-mail — and then suddenly the phone rang.

On the other end was a representative from the United States Bowling Congress.

“When he told me, I was just shocked,” Janese said.

What the wide-eyed bowling star was referring to was the news that he was selected to the 2007 Dexter/United States Bowling Congress High School All-American team.

“I didn’t how to respond, really,” Janese went on to say, while practicing at Rapids Bowling Center on Thursday. “It was a surprise. I wasn’t expecting it all.”

Janese is the second Niagara Frontier League bowler to garner the honor in as many years. North Tonawanda graduate John Szczerbinski picked up the award last year.

Janese is one of four bowlers from upstate New York to make the 10-man team. Heather D’Errico of Greece Arcadia, Brittni Hamilton of Webster Thomas and Jonathan Buckert of Greece Athena are also on the team.

Janese has a theory as to why high school bowling is so popular and productive in this area.

“I think it’s probably because there’s a lot of pros from this area that influence us,” he said. “You’ve got Brad Angelo (Lockport) and Tom Baker and you hear their names all the time.”

Janese didn’t earn the honor with his bowling skills alone, though, as he’s an honor student, a member of the National Honor Society and a volunteer with numerous organizations.

“He’s put in a lot of hard work with bowling and academics,” Lew-Port bowling coach Mike Kankolenski said. “He’s been my captain the last couple years — he’s a leader on and off the lanes. I could always count on him if I needed him to work with somebody or to teach the younger kids.”

He also had to comprise an essay, which described what it meant to be an all-American. In all likelihood, his response was the clincher for the USBC judges.

“An All-American for me is one that is not only great in their sport, but also dedicated to their school work and extracurricular activities,” he stated in his essay.

Janese, who reached states twice in his high school career, will receive a $1,000 scholarship along with a plaque. He also gets an invitation to the prestigious Teen Masters tournament in late July.

He’ll study pharmacy at the University at Buffalo in the fall.

Contact reporter Nate Beutel at 282-2311, ext. 2262.

Bill McGrath 6/22/07

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DOWN THE LANE: Lewiston-Porter senior Jeremy Janese gets in some practice at Rapids Bowling Center on Thursday. Janese was recently named to the Dexter/USBC High School all-American bowling team.