Arden posted five 300 games during the 2016-17 season and four 800 series, including an 835 high. He averaged about 230 in both his leagues. But it was his success in the city tournaments that propelled him to the top of the standings.
“I’ve only bowled in the city tournament a handful of times and it was never too pretty,” he said with a smile.
That was until last season. Arden won the city all-events title and he and his teammate Tom Smith won the doubles scratch title. Arden also finished second in the singles scratch division.
“I had a pretty good year,” he said.
Bowling is a family affair for Arden as his daughter, son and wife are all bowlers. He and his wife Cristal bowled together long before they were married and their daughter Addyson, 9, has been on the lanes since she was 4.
Arden knows he will have to be at the top of his game to remain among the best in the area:
“I don’t know about bowler of the year, but my goal is definitely to make one of the teams again this season.”
Like father like son: Curt Rasnic Sr. earned a place on the All-City first team with 54 points while his son Curtiss Rasnic Jr. finished on the second team with 48 points. The elder Rasnic also earned the distinction of being named the GDUSBC Senior Bowler of the Year.
GDUSBC Men’s All-City Team
(Point totals in parentheses)
Jarrod Arden (72) – Bowler of the Year
Mike Haggitt (65)
Eddie Graham (57)
Curt Rasnic Sr. (54)
Freddie Morgan III (49)
Curtiss Rasnic Jr. (48)
Dave Wodka (47)
Chase Carter (47)
Dave Flemming (44)
Scott Buchanan (39)