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Sometimes winning isn’t everything.

The Frankel Jewish Academy boys bowling team didn’t win a match this season. With no seniors among the seven team members and only two returnees from last year, the Jaguars couldn’t get into the win column.

But they continued to throw strikes in the classroom and showed promise for the future on the lanes, according to fourth-year Frankel bowling coach Joe Bernstein. Late-season matches were closer than early-season ones.

Perhaps nobody exemplified the team’s bright future more than sophomore Avery Feldman.

When the season started, Bernstein said, Feldman struggled to score 75 in games. By the end of the year, he was bowling in the 150s.

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“It came down to Avery gaining confidence,” Bernstein said. “Sports are all about building your confidence, and that’s something you can use in your everyday life. It’s a shame our season didn’t go on for another month. I’d love to have seen what Avery could do.

“If he can bowl next season the way he did at the end of this season, that would be great.”

Then there’s freshman Adam Arnold.

“Adam was one of our team leaders. He’s a bundle of energy and the guys fed off his energy,” Bernstein said. “He wanted to get better, and he did everything that was asked of him without asking, ‘why?’

Juniors David Grand and Josh State were the two returnees to the team.

Grand was the team’s top bowler, averaging around 160. His best game was 212.

He’s the third Frankel bowler in his family, following in the footsteps of brothers Samuel and Jonah, who graduated in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

Samuel is in the Honors College at Wayne State University. Jonah is in the ROTC program at Michigan State University.

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“When I look at accomplishments and commitments like that, that gives me more pride as a coach than wins and losses in bowling,” Bernstein said.

Sophomores Elliot Kaftan, Adam Karp (nickname “Fish”) and Henry Freeman rounded out the Frankel bowling roster.

If all seven bowlers return next year along with new bowlers Bernstein expects to add to the roster, the Jaguars will have the team depth needed to be successful.

“I’m excited about next year,” Bernstein said.

Frankel’s home bowling establishment this season was Langan’s Nor-West Lanes in Farmington Hills.

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