Tonawanda News — Hannah Mussell does two things: bowl and work.
“When I’m not at work, I’m trying to bowl, trying to get better, trying to figure out different ways of approaching it,” she said. “Just helping myself be a better bowler.”
The senior and co-captain on the Tonawanda girl’s bowling team has been a huge part of the Warriors undefeated season, averaging 176 pins a game and acting as a major leader away from the lanes.
Warriors coach Gina Maduri called Mussell a great captain and praised her maturity.
“I think she’s really consistent,” Maduri said. “Since I started doing this three years ago, she has bowled the same. She’s never had a huge slump where she’s unfixable or in a huge rut — she’s been pretty steady the entire time I’ve been here.”
Mussell started bowling with her family when she was a little girl and has stuck with it. She said she never really got into any other sport, and she always loved bowling.
Maduri says because Mussell has been around the game for so long she sees things the other girls don’t, and she tries to convey her knowledge to her teammates. Maduri also said Mussell is always willing to help her teammates out, whether it’s a bowling tip or something else to help lift their spirits when the team is going through tough times.
This season, there haven’t been many tough times for the Warriors. They’re 9-0 and Mussell has her eyes set on sectionals and an appearance at states.
She is putting a lot of weight on the end of this season, not just because it’s her last as a high schooler but also because she doesn’t plan on bowling in the fall.
When she’s not bowling, Mussell works at McAuley’s Residence Nursing Home in Kenmore as a kitchen aid. She helps prepare food and serve it to residents as well as washing the dishes. Eventually, Mussell wants to become a nurse, and McAuleys will be paying for her schooling at Erie Community College in the fall as long as she maintains a 3.0 GPA.