He gave the sport a try two years ago.

And he has already reached perfection.

Are better days ahead for the Hudson boys bowling team?

If a certain freshman sensation continues to emerge, it’s safe to say the answer is an emphatic "yes!"

The Explorers hope to turn things around this winter after finishing 2-12 overall and 2-9 in the Suburban League last season.

Three players return this winter for ninth-year head coach John Brockway, who enters his 16th year with the team.

Brockway is particularly excited about a precocious freshman, who hopes to make waves despite being a novice to the sport. Brock Miller, who discovered bowling two years ago, rolled his first 300 game during practice earlier this year.

"Since he started bowling, he has been all in," Brockway said. "He puts in a lot of work to improve his game. I'm really looking forward to seeing how good he can get over the next four years."

Also returning are seniors Logan Loeffler, who led the team with a 182 average last winter, and Jacob Kenerson (145 average) and junior Trey Grega (149).

Hudson lost three players to graduation. They are Jay Boyden, Austin Fernando and Andrew Fernando.

"I'm looking to win more and move up in the standings," Brockway said. "Logan and Trey have stepped up their games and Brock should battle with Logan all year for our team's high average. Logan was right on Jay's heels.

"Both of them could also compete for a place on our all-conference team if they keep bowling the way they have in our practices."

The Explorers also feature first-year varsity bowlers Mason Schmidt, a junior, Java Berger (sophomore) and Zach Ream (freshman).

"They should contribute right away and help the team score better than we did last year," Brockway said.

The Hudson girls team hopes to keep the good times rolling after one of its most successful seasons in recent memory the previous winter.

The Explorers finished 8-5 overall and 6-4 in the Suburban League. Unfortunately, Brockway said goodbye to three graduating seniors, who were the top bowlers on the team last season. They are Dani Maurer, Alyssa Germano and Olivia Norton.

Hudson’s top three returning players are seniors Katie Timas (147 average), Ariana Ellis (145) and Natalie Gilles (135).

"Our returning girls were very close in average to the players we graduated," Brockway said. "We have a couple of girls who will be stepping up from JV [junior varsity] to try to fill those gaps left by our seniors."

Brockway’s assistant is Gary Reynolds. Both teams are scheduled to make their 2019-20 debut at the Suburban League preseason tournament Saturday at Stonehedge Entertainment in Akron. Bowling is set to begin at 9 a.m.

"Both teams did their best bowling in the second half of the year with several kids averaging 20 pins higher in the second half compared to the first half, so I'm excited to see if we can carry that momentum into this season and see similar improvements as the year goes on," Brockway said.

"It will be difficult, but I'm hoping the girls can once again finish in the middle of the pack in our conference."

Reporter Frank Aceto can be reached at 330-541-9444, faceto@recordpub.com or @FrankAceto_RPC.