Not many people are aware of bowling as a competitive sport, and even fewer are aware of bowling being offered at the collegiate level. For 19-year old Tiffany Logan, college bowling has been a part of her life for her past two years at Siena Heights University, a private-liberal arts college located in Adrian.
Bowling has been in the blood of the Logan family for a long time. Tiffany’s mother, Tina, who had been bowling her whole life, wasted little time getting her daughter involved in the sport. In fact, at age 7, Tiffany was placed into her first bowling league at Ten Pin Ally in Tecumseh. Tiffany went on to bowl for the Onsted High School Girls’ Varsity team before committing to Siena Heights University as both a collegiate bowler and biology major.
Tiffany currently holds a 188 average with a 268 high game. During her time at Siena, Tiffany has been awarded the Siena Heights Freshman Bowler of the year in addition to the WHAC newcomer of the year. The WHAC is the NAIA conference Siena Heights competes in along with other Michigan colleges such as Aquinas, Davenport, Lawrence Tech, and Concordia.
This will be Tiffany’s first time competing in the Meijer State Games, and when asked what attracted her to the event, she responded, “It’s just another chance to go out and compete on a state level. There are a lot of good bowlers in Michigan and this gives me a chance to see where I stand among the best of the best.” The Meijer Winter State Games lies right in the middle of the college bowling season, and Tiffany also hopes to use it as a tune-up for bigger tournaments down the road. “March is when sectionals occur for our team. The top four teams in each of the four sectionals qualify for nationals in Kansas.” She went on to say, “As a bowler, anytime you get a chance to better prepare yourself for a big tournament, you take full advantage.” The Meijer Winter State Games will provide Tiffany with that opportunity.
While many may assume bowling does not require much health maintenance, Tiffany says otherwise. “Especially in college, where tournaments typically take 8 hours, it is important to eat a good breakfast and drink healthy fluids throughout the tournament.” Despite using the State Games as a preparation for a bigger collegiate tournament, Tiffany did acknowledge she has a competitive side and will be aiming for gold come February. “College athletics will develop that competitive edge in you.” She added, “As long as you compete through positive sportsmanship, such as giving high fives to your competition, there is nothing wrong with having a desire to come out on top.”
When asked about what will be key for her to bring the Gold home to Adrian in February, Tiffany answered, “Just like any bowling tournament, the mental game is the biggest component. There is no defense in this sport, just you and the lane. The only enemy you can have is yourself. Sometimes bowlers will throw a bad shot, get aggravated, and let that affect their next shot. Before you know it the whole thing is a snowball of disaster.”
With the Winter State Games only two months away, Tiffany plans to be mentally prepared to take home gold in the 2015 Meijer Winter State Games of Michigan.
The Meijer State Games of Michigan is a multi-sport, Olympic-style event(s) that welcome athletes regardless of age or ability level. The Games embody the values of participation, sportsmanship and healthy living.