Jonathan Miller is known by his Riverside Stebbins bowling teammates
as “Big Money” and the Indians cashed in on their first state
championship in March behind the talented sophomore. Miller bowled a 694 series (226, 246, 222) as Stebbins rolled past
perennial power Centerville for the team state championship thus
earning Huntington Bank/Ohio High Boys Bowler of the Year honors.
Jonathan Miller is known by his Riverside Stebbins bowling teammates as “Big Money” and the Indians cashed in on their first state championship in March behind the talented sophomore.
Miller bowled a 694 series (226, 246, 222) as Stebbins rolled past perennial power Centerville for the team state championship thus earning Huntington Bank/Ohio High Boys Bowler of the Year honors.
“We just had fun with it,” Miller said. “We didn’t bowl as well as we could at the beginning of the season. But we all bowled well at the right time and (head coach Don Brown) told us that he knew we could do it.”
Stebbins (14-2) finished 10th in the state tournament last year before Miller and his 225 average claimed the Central Buckeye Conference co-championship and the state title.
“(Finishing tenth last year) told us that we were pretty good but we were just a little bit too young and not really good enough to get the level where we wanted to be,” Brown said.
Miller finished No. 56 in the state tournament his freshman season. He finished fourth in individual competition this year at states.
“The reason Jonathan is so good – you’ve heard of basketball players being gym rats – these guys are alley rats,” said Brown. “They live in bowling centers. They constantly bowl.
“Jonathan just loves to bowl. Sometimes he’ll bowl left-handed just to break the monotony of it. That’s what keeps him so good. He loves it.”
Miller is part of a trio of sophomores, which Brown has coined as his “Super Sophomores.” Chase Dolozi and Chase Carter were both named the CBC first team and finished No. 19 and No. 43, respectively, in the state tournament.
“We are all really good friends and we’ve always bowled together,” said Miller.
Brown added, “(Miller) gets a lot of the credit – and deservingly so. I think what makes him better are the people that surround him, especially seniors (Jesse Beal and Chris Lutz). They were the leaders and the veterans of the team and he was surrounded by (Dolozi and Carter) so it really was a team effort.
“The entire team made him better. He is elite by himself, though, because he is a very good bowler. I think he could easily bowl at the next level as well.”
Before he even starts to think about bowling in college, Miller and his teammates are aiming to defend their state champions – a goal brown think could easily be achieved.
“It’s hard not to say we would like to defend our state championship next year,” said brown. “With Jonathan’s average, it’s hard to get much better than that but I think he could even improve on that. And I think he thinks in his mind he could get better.
“We have great team chemistry here right now and we plan on keeping it that way next year.”