Boys bowling caps exciting season

The boys bowling team finished its season at sectionals on Jan. 23 and 24. 
photo courtesy of HC Athletics

The boys’ bowling team finished its season at sectionals on Jan. 23 and 24. photo courtesy of HC Athletics

Jan. 23-24 marked the end of the 2015-16 Boy’s Bowling season, however the season had many high points for the team.

The team finished 5th place in the regional tournament, one spot away from moving on to sectionals, with only the top four teams moving on. Although the team did not advance through the regional tournament, a few individuals advanced to sectionals. Harrison Woodward, Grant Stankaitis, and Aaron Cothard were the three to advance to sectionals, but they did not advance to state.

Seven of the 130 bowlers advanced to the state tournament.

Throughout the year, Woodward and Cothard were top performers along with Nick Becker. Kevin Frank and Matt Paulson also regularly bowled with the varsity team. Becker enjoyed the season mainly because of the “chill environment and fun experience” of playing bowling.

“There is a lot less stress and pressure, and that helps us perform well,” Becker said.

Paulson also enjoyed the environment of the bowling team. “We were able to enjoy ourselves along with working on our game everyday,” Paulson said.

A typical practice for the bowling team consists of lane assignments, a practice round, and lastly bowling a series. That is how bowlers compete in a typical match, so the practice of that every day is a one way to improve as a bowler. One of the most exciting parts of the bowling team were the “bowl-offs” at practice in order to decide who would bowl in a meet.

“Although the varsity spots were typically set in stone, people would bowl-off for either a final spot on Varisty or a spot on JV or JV2,” Woodward said.

For many of the bowlers, just being a part of the team provided reward enough.

“It never mattered if I bowled for varsity or JV2, it was always a fun experience,” Paulson said.