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Chris Mayes – 12 Sports Athlete of the Week

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VESTAL (WBNG) -- Vestal bowler Chris Mayes has had an impressive start to the season.

Last week against Johnson City, the junior bowled a perfect 300.

"I didn't do so well in the first game," he said. "I was totally bummed out by it. Second game, I got better. The third game I was like, I'm going to try my best to get a 300 and it just happened."

That perfect game comes after Mayes did something equally impressive in January.

Facing Maine-Endwell on January 15, Mayes scored an 800 series, something not many high school bowlers have accomplished.

"By the end of the second game, I felt confident enough that by third game I was ready," said Mayes. "I didn't know that I could get an 800 but I just felt it in me that I could just get it done with and out of the way," Mayes said. "I kept telling myself 'this is the day for the 800.'"

Before any match, Mayes said it's all about getting in the zone.

"I start off with putting in earbuds," Mayes said. "Just taking a deep breath trying to find my mark. Once it comes to the game, I just focus."

Mayes has been bowling since the age of six.

"Since I was six, my grandpa got me started. He brought me to the lanes on my birthday. Ever since, I was hooked on the game," he said.

His love for bowling only continues to grow.

Mayes said he's proud of how far he has come as a bowler but his biggest goal is still up for grabs.

"Just to finish off with a high average so I can get ready next year for state," Mayes said.

In a win against Maine-Endwell Tuesday, Mayes finished with a 646 series, and Vestal won 5-0.

Robyn Hearn

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