Bowling emergency: a lack of female bowlers

Z Krebs, FACTS Staff Reporter

Throughout the halls of Perry Meridian Highschool, a ringing question repetitively gets asked: “there’s a PMHS bowling team?”

Unfortunately, many people go unaware of the team, leading to a severe lack of participation, especially for the girl’s team.

Normally, a varsity bowling team would have seven members to compete, five bowling at a time. The boy’s bowling team trends towards higher numbers, everyone competing for the 14 spots on both varsity and junior varsity. However, the girl’s team faces the exact opposite problem.

“We’re at three [bowlers] and we need a minimum of five,” Cam Estes, the girl´s bowling coach, says.

The severe lack of participation leads the girl’s team down a tough road, having only two weeks to gain traffic before competitions; their only other option is to bowl co-ed on a junior varsity team.

With a determination for a varsity year, the current female bowlers decided to set out and produce fliers to promote and encourage more people to join the team, emphasizing that bowling is both a team and individual sport.

 Bowling on the PMHS team allows the growth of new friendships and the development of team spirit and cooperation.

Estes stresses the inclusive environment bowling has, opening people up to new experiences that would rarely arise otherwise.

“Bowling is for everyone … it’s there to have fun,” Estes concluded.