by Sienna Attema
At the LHC bowling meet on February 9, both the girl and guy’s teams placed sixth. Individual members of the teams were recognized, and juniors Alexa Matherly, Austin Van Kooten and Blake Veenstra, and senior Cole Webster all received conference awards.
The last meet of the season was state qualifying on Feb. 14, where the PC bowling team got last place. “All things considered, I think the season actually went pretty well. We didn’t have the best luck in our competitions, but I think the team came together well, learned a lot and had a good time together,” said coach Rod Blunck.
Since many bowlers from last year graduated, the remaining team had to recruit new members. The girl’s team had only six bowlers, which caused a problem during Winterim. Half of their team were on trips, so only three people could contribute to the meet against Newton. One goal for next year will be to find people willing to join, no matter what their skill level is. “Our biggest challenge has always been having kids with not much experience. Having said that, I love having those kids come out so they can learn the game,” said Blunck.
Despite challenges, bowlers improved their personal scores and hung out with friends. “This season I enjoyed getting two strikes in a row and waking Sienna up from her naps,” said junior Alexa Matherly.
Unlike bowling teams from other schools, PC’s team is laid-back. “I really liked the relaxed atmosphere of our team,” said junior Blake Veenstra.