Stebbins’ Carter overcomes to earn state title, bowler of the year honors

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Stebbins junior Chase Carter. (Photo by Ben Barnes/www.impactactionphotos.com)

The biggest challenge a bowler could face on the lanes is a 7-10 split. For Riverside Stebbins bowler Chase Carter, that is nothing. The junior rolled his way to an individual state championship March
7 at Lancaster’s Tikki Lanes with games of 223, 243 and 257 for a 723
series – all while coping with Type 1 diabetes that requires seven
insulin shots per day and complete hearing loss in his right ear.


The biggest challenge a bowler could face on the lanes is a 7-10 split.

For Riverside Stebbins bowler Chase Carter, that is nothing.

The junior rolled his way to an individual state championship March 7 at Lancaster’s Tikki Lanes with games of 223, 243 and 257 for a 723 series – all while coping with Type 1 diabetes that requires seven insulin shots per day and complete hearing loss in his right ear.

“It’s really exciting,” Carter said of winning the state title. “It is something I am never going to forget. One day I will be able to show my kids that I did this and hopefully they will be able to do it one day.”

Carter, who has been a Central Buckeye Conference First Team selection three times and was named the CBC Athlete of the Year this season, had a benign tumor discovered in his ear in fifth grade and has had three surgeries since.

He was diagnosed with diabetes shortly after his first ear surgery.

“That was a big life-changer right there,” he said. “I couldn’t hear and I had diabetes – that was a rough time for me for a while.

“I am good with everything now, though. I never got a hearing aid even though I can’t hear at all (in my right ear). I just adjusted to life being half deaf.”

Carter took up bowling and competed in junior leagues prior to high school.

“Bowling has helped me a lot,” he said. “It sort of relaxes me and it’s like I am in my own little world. I have fun with it – a lot of fun.”

Stebbins (13-3) head coach Don Brown first met Carter when he was a junior league bowler.

“He has bowled all his life,” Brown said. “He is always so polite and that is what stands out about Chase but I knew when he started bowling for (Stebbins) it was going to be a real special four years.”

Carter, along with 2007-08 Ohio High Bowler of the Year Jonathan Miller and Chase Kolosi, claimed the team state championship last season as – what Brown called – his ‘Super Sophomores’.

This season, the team failed to make it out of the district tournament but Carter had an individual state championship in mind, according to Brown.

“Once we didn’t make it out of district to state, we were all disappointed,” he said. “But I just had a feeling that (Carter) was bowling so well that he was going to compete at a real high level.

“He never lets anything get him down and battles from the start to the finish. When it is time to bowl, he just puts everything aside.”

For Carter, who only bowled two games under 200 this season, the state title has changed his perspective on the sport.

“It changed a lot of things and how I thought of my bowling career. I think it is going to take me to the next level as far as college bowling goes,” he said.

Wright State and Urbana are interested in Carter’s skills on the lanes but with another year of high school left, he has his sights set on more state accolades.

“My main goal is to repeat individually and to (win a championship) as a team,” he said. “That would definitely be the way I would want to end high school.”

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