Boys and girls bowling teams compete at state

The boys placed sixth and the girls placed ninth out of 10 teams at state

Madelyn Welch, JagWire reporter/photographer

The boys and girls bowling teams placed sixth and ninth out of 10 teams respectively at the 5A state bowling tournament in Wichita on Friday, March 5.

Other than individual qualifiers, this has been the first time that both teams got to compete at state together, which has been a major goal for the team. Bowling coach Amy McClure said that a lot of the bowlers have had their eyes set on state since they joined the bowling team three years ago. 

“[Going to state] took a lot of hard work by those seniors who, that was their goal, to go to state,” McClure said. “It was also a lot of hard work for Coach White and I behind the scenes to get them there, but once we got there and got to the competition, it was so worth it.”

Junior Jada Eggleston said thought that the coaches had the most challenges preparing for the event. Organizing everything was especially difficult this year as the coaches were trying to plan for accommodations in Wichita.  

“Most of the challenges leading up to the event would be for the coaches because they only had a week to get everything organized including the hotel, buses, practices in Wichita, etc,” Eggleston said.

Some other challenges that were presented were due to COVID-19. The coaches had to try and figure out how to live stream the event so more people could watch it. After YouTube and Facebook live streams fell through, the last resort was Zoom.

“We just decided to do Zoom because we knew that parents had the capability of doing that and they knew how to use it,” McClure said. “It worked but it wasn’t the easiest for us to administer that stream.”

Senior Avery Norman has been a bowler all four years of high school, so she was very excited that both teams got to compete at state this year, especially since most of the team is made up of seniors. Norman said that she liked state because it gave them a chance to have tougher competition and a chance to spend time with their teammates

“The best part of going to state would probably have to be getting to spend extra time with my teammates and competing at a higher level,” Norman said. 

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