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Bowlers Bowl their Last

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Ian Miller 20', a former bowler, sits in his room preparing for his day.

Ian Miller 20', a former bowler, sits in his room preparing for his day.

Jimmy Crotty

Jimmy Crotty

Ian Miller 20', a former bowler, sits in his room preparing for his day.

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The trees still sway in the breeze, the sounds of sports practices echo across campus, and the monks can be seen making their journey to vespers.  But one thing did change over the summer. Bowling is no longer offered as an activity.

“I was very surprised to hear these rumors,” former head bowling coach Dave Cormier said.

Last year he heard the rumors from other coaches that the Nebraska High School Bowling Federation (NHSBF) might be changing the season for their tournaments in Nebraska. As it turns out these changes went into effect June sixth the summer of this year, which means that bowling is an activity that will not be offered this year.

Bowling used to be a winter sport, but it is now a fall sport.

“What would happen is that people would go to bowling alleys in the winter, and they couldn’t bowl because there would be a match and the alley would lose money,” Cormier said.

Mount Michael is not the only school that no longer has a bowling team. While the NHSBF understood the concerns, they “knew it was not ideal, but necessary,” and that several teams would pull out of the league because of the changes.

As for the team, they will have to find other activities to occupy their winter days.

“I wasn’t expecting it,” Kaleb Stavneak ’20 said.

 

The bowlers got an email on June 6 announcing the end of bowling.  Stavneak will miss the jokes that developed in the short year that he was a part of the team.

 

“I thought the team had a great sense of humor,” Stavneak said.

The long hours on the small bus also ingrained themselves in Stavneak’s memory

“The general atmosphere of the bowlers onboard hyped you up, [Jeff] Petry ‘17 especially,” Stavneak said.

Another aspect Stavneak enjoyed about bowling was getting to know Cormier as a coach.

“It was fun to get to know him as Mr. Cormier and not Scary Dean Cormier,” Stavneak said. The bowling team at Mount Michael will never make their trips to the bowling alley where they practiced, or ever again journey on the short bus to all corners of Nebraska to compete, but the NHSBF lives on.

 

“It was better than the organization dying, which might’ve happened,” Cormier said. “It’s better that some teams still get to enjoy it rather than no one enjoying it.”

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