Boys Bowling: Leading is nothing new for T.F. South’s Roberson
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media January 12, 2014 8:12PM
Traveon Roberson, of TF South, for the Winter Photo Day at Andrew H.S., Sunday, November 24th, 2013, in Tinley Park. | Gary Middendorf/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 14, 2014 6:29AM
As the defending South Suburban Blue champion, T.F. South’s Taveon Roberson didn’t want to put too much pressure on himself to repeat.
“Winning it again would be great,” he said. “But I just want to bowl the best games I can and we’ll see what happens.”
Roberson’s best was good enough again Saturday as he won the conference crown for the second straight year, finishing with 1,123 pins over six games and leading the Rebels to the team crown as well.
Leading is nothing new for Roberson, the only senior on the T.F. South squad.
“We have a great group of juniors to hold me up when I need it,” he said. “As the only senior on the team, though, I definitely look at myself as a leader. I try to help out my teammates as much as I can.”
Despite all the individual accomplishments he’s achieved, Roberson said his focus is always on the team.
“I definitely want to see us do well as a team,” he said. “That’s the most important thing. You can bowl a high game and do the best you can, but you also need a team behind you to help you out.”
A four-year varsity performer, Roberson’s experience is valuable to the Rebels squad as a whole.
“He’s a great bowler and a great kid,” T.F. South coach Eric Valiska said. “He’s an Honor Roll student. He’s a strong leader and anchor.”
The senior can hardly believe his high school bowling career is almost over.
“It’s a little different being the oldest guy on the team,” he said. “I remember being a freshman and being the youngest. I’m used to people being older than me.”
Roberson’s bowling experience goes back long before his time as a Rebel.
“I’ve been bowling since I was about five years old,” he said. “My dad stayed in the bowling alley when I was younger, so as soon as I could throw a ball, I got right into it.”
Roberson has loved bowling ever since.
“I just like the competition,” he said. “I like the fact that you can shoot a really high game. It’s a lot of fun.”
Twice, Roberson has shot the highest game possible, recording 300 games.
He bowls in four leagues during high school’s offseason and estimates he bowls close to 1,000 games a year.
“The main goal is just to get better,” he said. “I just want to keep improving my game as much as I can.”
Last season, Roberson helped the Rebels get to state, where they finished 20th. He’s hoping to make it back to that big stage one last time.
“I think we’re a lot better as a team,” he said. “Everyone is improving their game. Hopefully we can make it back and finish higher than last year.”