WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School senior and bowling team co-captain Tavis Brunson is having his best season yet, playing at a 200 average.

“Tavis has been with the program for all four years during his time here at WHS,” head coach Ralph Corey said of this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week. “As a freshman, Tavis started on the JV bowling team. Each season, Tavis improved his game significantly to become a reliable varsity player following his first season.”

Brunson said he hadn’t always planned to join the bowling team. When tried out for basketball and didn’t make the cut, he gave bowling a shot and found a sport he loved.

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“When I first started I could barely reach 100, so I practiced a lot,” Brunson said. “I love the competition the most about this sport, My mentor has been Coach Corey and a bunch of other coaches that work at Jersey Lanes. All of these people have helped me out a tremendous amount to improve my score and get me where I am now.”

Brunson is well-liked by his teammates and brings a positive attitude to practices and matches each day, according to Corey.

“Tavis works with all of his teammates in practice to improve in their game,” Corey said. “Tavis plays as the anchor on the team, which is the fifth spot in the line-up. The anchor position is an extremely tough position when the game is on the line. Tavis has handled this position and pressure with success. There have been several games this season where it came down to Tavis winning the game in the last frame for the Blue Devils.”

Brunson competed in the county tournament, and Thursday's team sectionals will determine if he will compete in states.

“Tavis is a person who never lets his emotions get the best of him,” Corey added. “He handles everything that comes across his path with poise and confidence. The Blue Devil bowling program is lucky to have Tavis Brunson represent the Westfield High School Varsity Bowling program both as an athlete and as a leader.”

The Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week is sponsored by Ron Bansky & Associates Allstate Agency. Located on the South Avenue Circle in Westfield, the agency has been protecting local families and business owners for over 15 years. Call them at 908-301-0711 for a new auto, home or life insurance quote this week and if you mention the Allstate WHS Athlete of the Week they will make a $25 contribution to the Westfield Boosters Association! To learn more, visit ronbansky.com.