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Bowling season wraps up for varsity players at state

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Senior Elisa Couch prepares to bowls during a bowling meet at Daffodil Bowl.

Senior Elisa Couch prepares to bowls during a bowling meet at Daffodil Bowl.

Courtesy of Jim Meyerhoff

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Senior Elisa Couch prepares to bowls during a bowling meet at Daffodil Bowl.

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The varsity bowling team got up early and headed down to Narrows Plaza Bowling Alley to compete in the state tournament Feb. 6 and 7. The team played enthusiastically and with much effort and they received a trophy for fourth place at the state competition.

Guided by their coach, Alan McCormick, they are proud to have gone to state and bowl one of their best seasons.

We bowled really well,” junior Kenzie Forgery said. “The girls came together better than they did last year.” Being on the bowling team has been a great experience for everyone this year. Forgery also said that not only did the girls improve in their skills, they came closer as a family. A few people have been on the bowling team before, but this year was senior Kimi Phan’s first year of bowling.

“One of my friends got me into it,” Phan said. “Kate Lane said I should come and try out and that it was a lot of fun.”

It has been fun for the bowling team to be together, but everyone also enjoyed spending time with McCormick.

“He was never really harsh on us,” sophomore Lauren Irey said. “But he really helped us pursue bowling. He explained how to do all the bowling steps.”

Although junior varsity didn’t bowl at state, they attended the match to support them. It was a great experience for them to be able to cheer them on and be able to see what they will be facing in the future. Although they have thoroughly enjoyed their season, there have been a few times where things did not go as planned.

“One of my friends was bowling and she went back to toss the ball but it went backwards,” Phan said.

Lauren also added that there were a few times where people had accidentally “flung the bowling ball into the gutter” during practice. Despite these mishaps, they had a blast with it as well. It didn’t really feel like practice to the girls. It felt more like hanging out with friends, just bowling for fun. McCormick would help them out and teach them what they needed to do, but otherwise it was just having fun and doing what everyone loved. The practice would start right after school. They would divide into two lanes and play up to three game. They were taught on how to throw the ball properly, so they weren’t just throwing the ball and hoping for the best.

“I actually learned how to bowl the right way,” Irey said.

Irey also plans on joining the bowling team her junior and her senior year.

“McCormick was a great coach and great to talk to and hang out with,” Phan said. “He really helped the girls with the bowling techniques.”

With a season full of ups and downs, the bowling team is proud of themselves for going to state.

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