LCN Bowling: Striking the lanes

Cordero MacNear ‘14
Entertainment Editor

 

The winter season is on the horizon and heading outside is not so easy. For some athletes of Crusader Nation, staying inside during the winter months is necessary. The LCN bowling teams have hit the lanes once again!
Bowling is not a try-out sport, and also it has two levels: varsity and junior varsity. Senior Haley Holeton has been bowling since the age of six, and takes the sport seriously.
“I look forward to bonding with my team,” said Holeton. Holeton’s maturity and bowling experience has created a great opportunity for leadership on the team, and the ability to bond with the team.
“We are all really close,” Holeton said.
With the strong support of each team member, it will help them excel and succeed throughout the season.
Hopefully, the positivity of the team stays strong as the veteran seniors take their last stand in their high school career.
“It is a bitter-sweet feeling,” Holeton said, “and I like being in charge of our pre-game motivational speeches!”
Holeton is excited to start this year’s bowling season and ready to begin bonding once again. She, as well as her twin sister, Hannah Holeton ‘14, get their last chance at sharing their knowledge of team sportsmanship.
The same goes for senior Austin Bless.
“I love bowling as a sport. I’m down to it. It’s something that makes me happy and the people make it so much better,” said Bless. “My team is amazing; we all get along and we act like an actual team.”
Bless is planning on bowling throughout college and eventually joining the pro tour.
“The biggest misconception about bowling is that it is one of the toughest, most complicated sport out there,” Bless said.
Bowling is not something that everyone considers to do in high school; it does not have the surplus amount of athletes as football, or the fan base of the basketball team. It is a sport for those who have the utmost pride and perseverance to get better at it.
Bless claims bowlers cannot train too much for the sport. Bowling is about precision, hand-eye coordination, and posture. The sport is a combination of intelligence and physicality. The power to precisely throw the bowling ball at an exact speed, at a particular angle, and have the intelligence to correlate the ball to the science of physics: how hard one throws the ball with a spin from the wrist, with gravity in mind.
Timing is considerably valuable as well, which can be vital in every sport. Timing each step of one’s feet needs to match with a specific part of one’s arm swing and release, for a great start to the races. The ideal bowling ball speed is 16 miles per hour. Ever thought of that while bowling? That’s what LCN’s bowlers have to consider.
Unfortunately for senior bowlers, it is the last time they will have to share the intense moments of bowling with their high school bowling team.
“It’s a bitter-sweet moment,” said Holeton.
“Being a senior is no different than any other grade, although I do feel that more is expected of me!” Bless said, “I can see us going to States [tournament] and potentially winning.”
Prior to the holiday break, the teams were participating in the Bangor John Glenn Holiday Tournament, as well as the Cougar Classic Tournament, in addition to their regularly scheduled games during the week.
Hopefully, the positive mindset of this year’s bowling team will get them where they deserve to be.