Family affair

A family affair leads Holt to bowling

Zach Surdenik

Scott Schaberg hugs his sons, David (17) and Nick (15), before Sunday’s CAAC Singles Tournament Championship match at the Royal Scot.

HOLT, Mich. — Even before the start of the Capital Area Athletics Conference singles championship game, one thing was certain: a Schaberg would win.

The Schaberg brothers have dominated the local high school bowling scene for the past few years with David, a senior, and Nick, a sophomore, leading the conference with averages of more than 220 per game. It was clear the brothers were the favorites to win the conference tournament, but no one knew which one it would be.

Nick Schaberg took the tournament seed in qualifying with his older brother second, setting up a collision course for the championship game.

Zach Surdenik

Nick Schaberg bowls during the Championship match at the Royal Scot on Sunday.

But the family roots don’t end there in the Holt bowling program, as their father, Scott Schaberg, is in his first year coaching the team.

Nick Schaberg knew that with his father at the helm, this season had to be different. “Knowing that my father is the coach, I cannot act in the same way as last year. I have to be very good at the mental game if I want to win. Nick Schaberg said.

While Schaberg said seeing his sons’ success was “wonderful,” these one-on-one matchups can be difficult for the father. “Personally, I get mixed emotions about all of this. I love all of these kids. In these cases, watching them play against each other is hard because they all want to win. It’s a wonderful feeling, but these are mixed feelings,” says Scott Schaberg.

Holt is tied for first place atop the CAAC Red Division at 8-2.

” It was great. (Nick) is a really good bowler, so just having him on the team and us being successful together is really cool. said David Schaberg.

This year, David scored his first perfect game in high school competition, which was the eighth in his life and the 11th in AACC history. He is on course to break a decade-old school record for average score. But even with all of David’s success this season, it was the second Nick to win the conference singles title on Sunday at the Royal Scot.

The two Schaberg brothers will be among the favorites to compete in the Division 1 regional finals on February 25-26, with David emerging from a state championship semi-final as a junior in 2021.

But Sunday in the conference final, it was all down to family.

At times like these, it can be difficult to separate the parent from the coach. Scott Schaberg said while it’s great to see the boys win a title, the only negative is “it had to come at the expense of each other”.