Tonawanda News — Early in the season, Peter Wozniak was seriously contemplating quitting the sport he had played non-stop for nearly three years: bowling.
Then he remembered the recent passing of his grandfather, Ted Wozniak.
“I knew he would have been really upset if I quit,” Wozniak said. “So I stuck with it and I think I ended up pretty good.”
Wozniak, a senior at North Tonawanda, lost some of his confidence early this season after a slow start, but he bounced back in the second half and finished the regular season fifth in the Niagara Frontier League with a 213.02 average.
Next up for Wozniak is sectionals — a tournament he’ll compete in for the third-straight season. He was the only NFL bowler to qualify for states his sophomore year.
In his junior season, Wozniak bowled a school-record 825 series but he struggled late in the season and failed to make it back to states. So he went back to working at his craft, on the lanes of the Tonawanda Bowing Center that he knew all too well from his childhood. Where he learned the game from his grandfathers.
Wozniak watched Ted Wozniak bowl when he was younger and, over time, embraced the love his grandfather had for the sport.
“He’s one of the main reasons I still bowl today,” Wozniak said. “He always loved the sport and he was so enthusiastic about it. Every day (I think about him out on the lanes). That’s why I like it so much right now.”
Bowling has always been a part of the Wozniak family. Wozniak’s father, grandfathers and uncles all bowl. So when Wozniak decided to pick up a sport when he was 10 years old, there was no question what it would be.
He learned a lot from watching his late grandfather bowl, but it was another member of the family that had the most prevalent influence on him: his grandmother’s boyfriend of 10 years, Bruce Webb.