Boys bowling team concludes their season and take on state

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Tony Cobbs

Senior Kyron Fergus bowls at KC Bowl in lane 24. Photo by senior Tony Cobbs.

Brylie Reese

The Pirate’s Bowling team rolls through their season, and state looks right up their alley. The bowling team’s fast-paced season concludes as the team makes their appearance at state.

“I think our season went by really quick, but it was really fun,” said sophomore Landon Dissmeyer. “We all stayed really positive and had a fun time.”

The bowling season is only one month and a half, much shorter than most winter sports. Due to the closure of Mission Bowl and Ranch Bowl and limited space at KC Bowl, the bowling team could only practice once a week. COVID-19 mandates on fans also provided a challenge to this bowling season.

“KS HS Bowling decided to not have fans this season until the state tournament,” said Coach Brian Gray. “It always adds an element when your parents are watching, so to have our first meet with parents be at the state tournament, definitely added additional stress for the students.

Despite these challenges, the boys’ bowling team took first at the WYCO tournament and regionals. Coach Gray gives credit to these wins to the hard work put in by the team during the season.

“We had a great season, I was proud of all of our bowlers,” said Gray. “We improved during the season and peaked at the right time.”

The team took tenth overall at state and Senior Braden Spak achieved 20th at state individually with a 616 series score. Spak believes all of the wins this season are tied back to the cooperation on the team.

“What made it so successful was that all varsity bowlers are my really good friends,” said Spak. “We just had really good team chemistry and a lot of experience.”

Many bowlers learned lessons that they say stick with them long after the season had concluded.

“What I took away was that I never take any moment for granted,” says Spak. “Enjoy what you have with the people around you while you can.”