On match-nights, Orebaugh isn’t “turning up” or “getting hype.” In fact, it’s the opposite, he tries to wind down. On the way to the bowling alley, he’s listening to John Legend or the Temptations, talking to his self, and relaxing.
Walking up to the line each frame, it’s no different. Orebaugh is calm, cool and collected and that’s why he’s averaging a 224 this season.
“I try to go slow and take my time,” he said. “I usually talk to myself, tell myself to take my time and take deep breaths, relax myself and I throw it. I try to do same thing every time.
“I go up there and throw the best ball I can and if I have a bad ball, I can’t go back and be mad at myself because I threw the best ball that I could.”
On Dec. 9, Orebaugh bowled a 300 against his former school, Ben Davis. It was his third 300 over a three-week span as two came in league play while the last one came at the school meet. It’s rare, none the less.
In the first game he was close, going 10 frames with a strike before he split the 11th frame. In the second game, it was a moment that vindicated his hard work, dedication and decision to bowl this final year.
“Usually went you hit your front nine strikes, you draw a crowd over,” Orebaugh said. “Everyone was in the lane during the 10th frame (and) when I threw that 12th strike, everyone jumped on me. I couldn’t breathe for a second, it kind of felt like the Indiana shot (Christian Watford’s buzzer-beater over Kentucky two years ago) in the Kentucky game. It was great, there’s really nothing like it. Knowing you can satisfy that many people. My teammates were really happy.”