Jackson senior Molly Jo Myers has improved immensely as a bowler over the past three years.
“As a freshman, I could see she had potential, even though she was bowling around 100,” Timberwolves coach Dan Eng said. “She’s really started to blossom. Every year she’s improved by 15 to 20 pins, and I think she can average in the 170s this season, which is darn good. She’s learned that the game is about adjustments — she’s always adjusting to the alley and the certain conditions.
“She’s popular — everyone in school knows her. She’s’s like a ray of sunshine. She always makes other people happy, and she always has a smile on her face.”
Last season Myers competed at the Class 4A state tournament for the first time.
The Herald recently spoke with Meyers about her bowling, school activities, future plans and more:
How did you start bowling?
When I was a freshman, my mom told me that I had to play a sport. Basketball seemed like a lot of running, so bowling it was. I hadn’t bowled at all before that.
How have you improved as a bowler since you were a freshman?
My basic strike shot has gotten a lot better. Last year I got my ball drilled to fit my hand, so I’m getting more curve and spin on the ball. Over the summer I started throwing a heavier ball, which really helps to build up arm strength. I’m excited to bowl with it this season. It smells like blueberries.
Besides bowling, are you involved with any other school clubs or activities?
I’m the senior class president, and that takes up a lot of my time. I’m a member of the LINK Crew, which is in charge of helping freshmen (acclimate themselves) to our school. I also play the trombone in our band.
What are your post-graduation plans?
I’d like to bowl in college. No colleges on the West Coast offer bowling, so I’d have to go somewhere in the Midwest or East Coast. I’d like to study history.
Why are you interested in studying history?
When I was younger, my mom read me biographies of all of the presidents. Abraham Lincoln was my favorite. I like learning about how certain (historical) events relate to what’s going on in today’s world. I’m mainly interested in American history. I’d like to learn more about minority groups and how they came together to shape today’s America. For my Advanced Placement research class, I’d like to write a paper about the Navajo people that helped the United States beat Japan in World War II by using their language to form a code that the Japanese couldn’t crack. I think that’s a really interesting subject.
What would you like to do for a career?
I’d like to work at a museum, or the Smithsonian (Institute), ultimately. I’d love to be a tour guide and educate people while also learning on the job.
What do you do in your free time?
I hang out with my family, and I like to read. It sounds nerdy, but it’s true. I’ll read whatever is recommended.