Mason Edmondson is a rare breed in football these days. The recent Amarillo High School graduate is a two-sports standout, but not a combination many would expect.
"Normally it's football and track or football and basketball," said Edmondson. "Not football and bowling."
Mason is an accomplished football player and top-ranked bowler. As a talented kicker on the Sandie's football team, Edmondson's coaches believe he has the leg and accuracy to kick on the college level. But Mason's love for the lanes is the reason he is focused on bowling at West Texas A&M, instead of playing football for the Buffaloes.
"I think I can go professional if I keep practicing and get some quality coaching in college," said Edmondson. "There are different levels of being professional. I would love to be the professional you see in tournaments on television."
Mason and I decided a Pitt's Sports Challenge would have to be on the bowling lanes, instead of the football field kicking field-goals. Edmondson, who has three 300 games in sanctioned tournaments, was generous enough to give me a 100 pin cushion. Mason opened our friendly competition with four consecutive strikes and never looked back. With only two strikes to my credit, I finished the one game roll-off with a score of 139. Because Mason promised me an additional 100 pins before our competition began, my score was increased to 239. Unfortunately, for me, that still was not enough for the win. Edmondson rolled a 247 and won the Pitt's Sports Challenge by eight pins.