For his father, and head bowling coach Jack Orebaugh, big moments like that aren’t as surprising as he’s come to expect great moments from his son. When Tanner chose to bowl, success wasn’t immediate but the young man Jack has been raising never left any doubt that whatever his son decided to do, he was going to do it well.
“He has always been a grounded kid,” Jack said. “He never thinks he’s better than the next one. When he picked up his first bowling ball and rolled it, I thought ‘what are we doing here?’ but he sticks with whatever he pursues. I was very fortunate he chose to bowl and I’m proud of what he’s accomplished in such a short time bowling.”
It’s safe to say the Covenant Christian bowling team feels the same way.
The start-up program just a few years old was the doormat of central Indiana bowling meets at one point. The 2A school had a hard time with bigger 5A schools in the central Indiana area. Tanner’s addition to the team gave the squad a boost, but the progression in itself over the last three years made this season a lot more special for both father and son.
“When we started we were the bottom team,” Jack said. “A 2A school playing 5A big guys, we were everybody’s doormat. But these kids are resilient. All the negative things bounced off of them. They lost their first meet by 300 pins (and) we keep records so we can show kids what they have accomplished. I’ve always known Tanner has been a good bowler. I told my wife when he wasn’t around the team, if he decided to bowl he would be the guy. I’m just so happy he chose to bowl his final year of high school.”