By Dave Ricci firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tonawanda News
Tonawanda News — It’s pretty simple really. Robby Mol is having fun on the lanes and that fun has translated into his breakthrough season.
Mol, a junior on the Kenmore East boys bowling team, has found his groove this season and is bringing a truckload of momentum into the boys’ Section VI tournament that is taking place today at AMF Thruway Lanes.
“Yeah, last year was more about do I like it and do I want to stick with it?” Mol said. “I want to stick with it. I like bowling and I think I can do better next year.”
Now in his second season with the ‘Dogs, Mol said he went out for the team last year on more of a lark. Just for fun. Now, along with the fun aspect of the game, Mol has experienced success which has stoked his competitive fire.
“I just got into bowling a few summers ago. I figured why not try it,” he said. “So I got with some friends and we bowled.”
Mol has established himself as one of the fastest rising stars in the Niagara Frontier League, and has helped spark a resurgence in Ken-East bowling. Mol was consistently among the top-15 in average in the always competitive NFL.
“I would say towards the start of the season he was one of the more timid players,” said Bulldogs first-year coach David Zajac. “I was kind of timid towards them as well, because this was my first year. But as the year went on he wasn’t afraid to ask for help.”
But when Zajac challenged his starters to expand beyond their comfort zones, Mol responded and has become a changed person on the lanes.
Mol said having his coach challenge him to come out of his comfort zone played a significant role is his break out season. Now it’s just about greater confidence.
“Just bowling longer and just getting set with the bowling ball,” he said.
Mol, who raised his average 21 pins from last season, said he felt posting a 279 against league champion Niagara-Wheatfield on Jan.14 was the defining performance of the season that told him he had truly upped his game from his sophomore season.
“He does exude a different level of confidence now that it’s later in the year,” said Zajac, who added that he thinks Mol is peaking at just the right time.
Mol brought another strong showing at the NFL Tournament at Brad Angelo Lanes on Jan. 31.
Individually Mol finished among the top-15, but it was the doubles portion of the day where Mol really shined as he and partner DJ Bottom (Niagara Falls) finished third with a pin count of 1,231.
Mol rolled games of 184, 225 and 173 on the day.
One of the anchors for the ever-improving Bulldogs as they move forward as a program, Robby Mol lights up when he can help his team by contributing with a big score. But at the root of it all is his pure love of the game.
“You always have to have fun with it,” Mol said. “You can’t put too much pressure on yourself because that’s when you can get down and make mistakes.”Follow @tonanewssports on Twitter for complete high school sports coverage.