FORT EDWARD — When it comes to numbers, Fort Edward’s Anthony Miller likes to keep his life simple: the higher the number, the better.
This winter, Miller, a senior, has impressive numbers across the board in academics and two sports: bowling and boys basketball.
Miller has been a factor for the Flying Forts’ basketball team for a while — this is his fourth season on varsity — but he joined the bowling team, a perennial Class C-D sectional power, this year.
“He started for me bowling juniors in elementary school,” Fort Edward coach Nelson Chase said. “This year his buddy, Tyler Stone, might have convinced him to come out for the team, and if he did, I’m grateful. Anthony said to me, ‘I figured Tyler couldn’t bowl by himself.’ ”
Chase, boys basketball coach Pete Puricelli and athletic director Sam Ratti coordinate Miller’s schedule, noting that either sport’s games take precedence over another team’s practice. It’s old hat for the coaches, though, as Ethan Doty did the same thing last year.
“It gets tough,” Miller said. “By the end of the week you get tired going two sports a night, but it’s fun.”
On those rare occasions when both have games, well, Miller is ready.
On Jan. 10, Miller rolled a team-high 684 series in the Forts’ 4-0 win over North Warren at Broadway Lanes. From there, he went to the high school and scored 13 in a loss to Hadley-Luzerne.
He did the same last Wednesday, rolling a 546 at Saratoga Strike Zone in a loss to Saratoga Central Catholic, then getting a ride with his father to Fort Edward, where he produced a double-double of 19 points and 15 rebounds in the team’s 63-54 loss to Granville.
“I don’t know, I just kind of go out and play each sport,” Miller said. “Whatever happens, happens. I give it my best.”
Miller averages a 186 in bowling, and 16.4 points and 16.6 rebounds per game in basketball. Chase said Miller is also an A-minus student, noting that he is averaging 90 in both his calculus and physics classes.
“He’s an A kid and just as humble and quiet as you can find,” Chase said. “He’s come on as far as bowling. He’s rolling the ball well for us.”
“He’s such a good student, such a good kid,” Puricelli said. “He works so hard, he’s a great leader because of that. He sets a great example for the other kids.”