Lakota West freshman Malik Grove was recently named the Greater Miami Conference Bowler of the Year. Grove is the fifth Lakota district student athlete this school year to be honored as their sport’s GMC player of the year. Grove, unlike the others, did it well before his senior year.
Grove made history in December of 2010 when he became the first bowler in the history of the Lakota school district to bowl a perfect game (300 score). Grove also finished fourth in the sectional tournament, which helped his team qualify for the district tournament. On the year, Grove averaged a score of 218.8 per game, which is another school district record.
In the future, Grove could leave his mark in other sports at Lakota West. He also made appearances on the junior varsity basketball court and could be involved in the battle to be the next starting varsity football quarterback in the fall.
Other Lakota West athletes, who were named GMC players of the year, include senior Korey Ward (boys’ golf) and Ty Davis (wrestling).
Two students from Lakota East were also named GMC players of the year in their respected sports. Senior Carolyn Pitman won the honor for girls’ tennis in the spring and senior Akash Umakantha won the honor for chess in the winter. Umakantha is also on track to be Lakota East’s valedictorian.