St. Bede senior Trenton Acuncius has been around bowling his entire life.
He developed a love for the sport at a young age and has put in plenty of practice developing his skills, including using a unique two-handed form.
Acuncius’ work has paid off with a successful senior season, including rolling a 1,306 six-game series at the Minooka Regional to tie for eighth place and earn the top individual sectional berth.
“Trenton’s performance last week can be defined by two words — focused and driven,” St. Bede coach Buck Emmerling said. “Trenton has been the most focused I have ever seen in his four years of bowling. He’s not letting his emotions take control of his game when something goes wrong or he makes a bad shot. He is driven to make it to state and is working hard to reach that goal.”
For his performance, Acuncius was voted the NewsTribune Athlete of the Week, sponsored by Central Bank again and Witek Wealth Management.
Acuncius answered a few questions from NewsTribune sports editor Kevin Chlum.
What do you like about bowling?
It’s just been in my family. My grandpa did it. My dad did it. In the basement, I see all his trophies. When my dad had league I would go with him to bowl and watch him. It’s been part of my life since I was 6.
What makes you a good bowler?
My drive to do it. I practice quite a bit. Now that my dad has owned the bowling alley for about a year now, I’ve been able to go up there and bowl whenever I really want to. I get to practice a lot.
Besides bowling season, what do you like about winter?
Basketball. I like to watch the NBA a lot. I like to do fantasy with some of my friends.
Do you have any nicknames?
My family calls me T Bone. My dad always calls me T.
What’s a movie you never get tired of watching?
Grown Ups. Both of them.
What are your plans after high school?
I’m talking with some colleges about bowling. I want to go into business management so when my dad gets done with the bowling alley I could possibly take it over for him.
If you could get advice from anyone, who would it be and why?
(PBA bowler) Jason Belmonte. He is one of the bowlers who started off the two-handed form, which is the way I throw the ball.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
The Bahamas. Some of my family members have gone there. It looks like a beautiful place and I’d like to enjoy that too.
What is your favorite subject in school?
Biology. It’s fun learning about systems in our body and we also get to dissect animals. We’ll be dissecting fetal pigs soon.
What are your thoughts on your performance last week?
I’m pretty satisfied. That second set did me very well. I found my line and stuck to it.