Through determination and hardwork, bowler turns passion into successful career

For one Comet, bowling was once a mere hobby, but now, it is a career that is getting him noticed.

Junior Evan Haas is a varsity bowler on the Mason High School bowling team. Ranked second in Southwest Ohio, Haas has consistently averaged scores in the upper 200 range. Haas said family has well as his coach were big influences on his bowling career.

“My dad is the biggest one,” Haas said. “My uncle was also a bowler, and they’re both brothers. My bowling coach now, Joe Riestenberg, is also very influential to me because of how he’s brought me up and how I’ve always talked with him, and he’s been my friend for a while.”

Haas has memories of bowling with his dad when he was younger and said those memories inspired him to continue with bowling.

“I chose bowling because my dad was bowler,” Haas said. “I’ve always gotten up on Sundays and went bowling with him ever since I was three, so I just worked my way into it and kept on practicing, and that’s why I’m here now. He taught me how to do things and how to focus, and he was really the only coach I had ever had, so I had to learn on my own.”

Through being on varsity, Haas said he has learned more about the team aspect of bowling.

“Bowling is more of a team sport than anyone ever thinks,” Haas said. “Yeah, your scores get put into a website every time you go, but you have to have the rest of your team doing well and behind your back, so you don’t have to worry about anything else, and you can eventually win.”

Haas has gotten offers from colleges to bowl. While this makes continuing his bowling career after high school a possibility, Haas said he does not know whether or not this is something he will pursue.

“I’m still deciding between bowling and baseball, but I do have an offer to bowl at Wright State University, which is number three in the country,” Haas said. “I’m still thinking about it. I’m a junior, so I still have time to really figure out what I want to do, but it’s definitely an option for me.”

Haas admitted bowling does have it’s rough patches but said that even those can be equated with learning experiences.

“My favorite (memory) would be my 300 with my team watching and cheering me on,” Haas said. “My least favorite one was (when) I bowled one of my lowest games ever as freshman, because I just didn’t know what was going on. My teammates, the seniors, helped me through (and told me) that’s not really the end of the world because I got one low score.”

To young bowlers, Haas said not to be discouraged by initial low scores or afraid to get help from people.

“Once you start, you’re not going to be a professional or anything,” Haas said. “(Your scores) are going to start off low and occasionally get higher and higher, until you’re probably pretty good. I wouldn’t be afraid to get help from anyone, because everyone’s there to help you.”

Haas said that people should not underestimate bowling, because it is more fun than it looks.

“It’s a lot more fun than everyone thinks,” Haas said. “As you get better and better, it gets more and more fun, because you can show-off a bit as you’re practicing, because no one really knows how good you are until you go and show them, so it’s a lot of fun.”

Comet Skippers Teach Young Athletes New Techniques

Students jumped into improving their jump rope skills with the help of the Comet Skippers.

From June 14 to June 17 the Comet Skippers taught kids from both Mason and other school districts jump roping skills at Mason Intermediate School.

Comet Skipper assistant coach Andrej Kyselica said that while he placed importance on teaching jump rope techniques, he hoped to teach the campers about growing as people as well.

“We’re trying to teach them some skills and some techniques to improve their fitness, but really a lot of it’s around improving their character and work effort,” Kyselica said. “It takes a lot of perseverance and energy to stick with it for a whole week and that’s a big part of what they learn: how to work on something throughout the week.”

According to Kyselica, something enjoyable about the camp is that the Comet Skippers get to work with people from other schools and people outside their team.

“What’s neat about this is we’re working with other teams and other teachers, and we bring some people in to do tumbling and other things,” Kyselica said. “It’s pretty neat that (we get to work with) new friends, new dynamics, and we all learn a lot from each other in the process.”

Hannah Fee, an ingoing sixth grader at Columbia Intermediate School, said that she hoped to have learned new skills by the end of the week in addition to what she already knew.

“I’ve learned how to accomplish goals that you’re not used to and to push yourself to get better,” Fee said. “I want to learn how to do a quad in double-dutch and just get better at some of my single-rope tricks.”

Rising Mason sixth grader Anjali Surya said that she aspires to get better at jump rope and this camp helps her achieve that.

“(My ultimate goal) is being really good at jump rope basically,” Surya said. “This helps me because they teach me new tricks.”

Surya also said that besides learning new skills, her favorite thing about this camp was the friendliness of the staff members.

“All of the staff and everything are very nice and helpful,” Surya said.

Camp staff member and Comet Skipper Chutine Wei said that she attended this camp before joining the team learned a lot about jump rope and the Comet Skippers.

“I took this camp for one or two years before I joined the team,” Wei said. “It really helped me get more comfortable with the sport of jump rope. They really taught me a lot for tryouts especially, because I got to learn a whole bunch of tricks, I got to interact with some of the Comet Skippers, and it was just a great experience.”

According to Wei, the campers are continuing to become more comfortable with jump rope and with the staff members.

“The kids are getting a lot more comfortable with doing different kinds of tricks, especially the weird ones.” Wei said. “They’re getting more interactive with us, and it’s really great because they’re not only our students, they’re our friends too.”

Aspiring athletes gain varsity experience at Youth Soccer Camp

Young athletes at the Mason Youth Soccer Camp are scoring goals as well as working towards them.

From Tuesday, May 31 to Friday, June 3, kids of any skill level from grades five through eight can attend the soccer camp that was initiated by the Mason High School boys’ and girls’ varsity soccer teams.

Paul Reedy, co-director of the camp and boys’ Varsity Soccer coach said that the main goals for the camp are to make sure the campers have fun and learn new skills.

“If they enjoy what they do here, there’s a good chance they’ll want to keep playing soccer,” Reedy said. “And then, we try to show them things in terms of fundamental skills that once they reach high school will be important for them to possess if they want to play soccer for the girls’ or boys’ teams.”

According to Andy Schur, co-director of the camp and the girls’ varsity soccer coach, the format of the camp allows them to learn crucial skills and have a glimpse at a typical varsity practice.

“It’s not run too much differently than a typical varsity soccer practice would be. It’s a little bit of a preview,” Schur said.“We’ll do a little bit of skill building, we’ll try to show them techniques or some things we want them to know how to do, and then we’ll always try to finish by letting them play and just expressing themselves on the soccer field.”

Varsity soccer player Hannah Kallach said she and the team attended this camp when they were younger and they hope that the campers have fun and build confidence as they continue throughout the week.

“It’s a fun game with all their friends,” Kallach said. “I hope they build up confidence and connect with each other a lot more.”

Kallach also said that she likes to see the campers enjoying themselves when they are playing games.

“When we play big games it’s always fun to see them laughing and being competitive with each other.” Kallach said.

Incoming eighth-grader Adam Winterhalter said that he most enjoys playing soccer with people who genuinely love the game.

“(My favorite thing at camp is) that you get to go out and see who else in the high school likes the game as much as you do,” Winterhalter said. “You just get to play soccer with your school and that’s kind of fun.”

Winterhalter said that attending this camp increased his desire to be on varsity.

“(It shows me) how much the players enjoy it and what they get to do.” Winterhalter said.

Incoming eighth-grader Elizabeth Berry said that she’s learned a lot of new things this year despite coming to camp before.

“I learned how to keep your dribble close and that you don’t always have to use the regular dribbling technique,” Berry said. “You can use your big toe or your little toe and cut inside out at angles, and I’ve never really been that great at dribbling so that helped a lot.”

Berry said that she aspires to play on the varsity soccer team in high school.

“I would really like to make varsity soccer and be a big part of the team.” Berry said.