There are scads of athletes out there who have worked at their craft since the crib.
Kids who seem to have been born with a stick, a glove or a basketball in their hands, and then spent decades perfecting that sport.
Then there are kids like Jake Lau, a sophomore at Herricks High School. He never had much interest in bowling as a kid, saying he’d only gone “a few times,” despite his father Tim being a lifelong kegler.
Then in October 2021, looking for a winter sport that he could try, he decided to give bowling a shot.
“I thought it might be fun, worth trying out,” Lau said. “And once I started, it felt really comfortable and natural for me.”
Lau’s rise has been near-meteoric: The sophomore leads the strong Herricks squad, one of the best in Nassau County, with a 210.4 average, good for third-best in the county.
Lau has rolled a season-high 266, and a high series of 692, and has helped Herricks lose only three games out of 99 thru matches of Jan. 7.
“It’s pretty remarkable, and definitely above any expectations I had for him,” said Herricks bowling coach Craig Weinberg. “For only bowling for about a year, to be as good and as consistent as he is, is really something.”