For seven student-athletes at Mayer Lutheran High School, their fall sport of choice isn’t volleyball or football, but bowling.
The Mayer Lutheran bowling team has been a club sport for about eight seasons and recently wrapped up a successful 2013 campaign.
Competing in the Mid Central Conference with NYA Central, Watertown, Sibley East, and Hutchinson, the LHS bowlers finished last in the conference this season, but not without a fight.
“We have a young team so we are in last place, but we have made a lot of improvement,” head coach Robert Luecke said.
The Crusaders were 3-25 headed into the final match of the season, set for Nov. 12 at Hutchinson. Hutchinson leads the conference at 26-2 with NYA Central not far behind at 24-4. The winner of the conference automatically advances to the state tournament.
Five team members are needed to complete a squad, and Mayer Lutheran boasts seven, including Luecke’s frontrunners in Jon Chapa and All-Conference bowler Elizabeth Parrish, along with Joel Wacker, Nick Lundgren, Connor Wisch, Amanda Trost, and Noah Elliott. Luecke is the head coach, along with assistant Cameron Benkowski.
The season runs mid September though early November and the team plays two matches a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with practices Mondays and Wednesdays, just like any other sports team. Five games make up a match and two matches are played each day of competition.
Administered by the Bowling Proprietors Association of Minnesota, the Minnesota High School Bowling League is a coed activity offered to students in grades 7-12. Across Minnesota, over 130 varsity programs are in place with over 1,700 student-athletes participating.
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