The Belle Plaine Junior Varsity Bowling Team ended their season on a high note, winning the JV Conference Championship in Belle Plaine on Nov. 5.
“They had a great season, very impressive. We have two pretty consistent bowlers on that team and two who are definitely learners but have grown by leaps and bounds since last year,” said Head Coach Kris Davis.
The team won 10 out of 12 matches this season with a team average of 128.78, high game of 198, and a high series of 467.
Due to COVID-19, the bowlers had to compete in the three-person baker format, instead of their usual five-person team. It was an effort to keep meets small to follow COVID-19 restrictions.
“They did really well through all of the ups and downs and the twists and turns of this season,” said Assistant Coach Tracy Meyer.
The varsity bowlers split into two teams this season, the red team and the black team. The Varsity Red team finished sixth during the regular season and did not advance to the conference championship.
The Varsity Black team, however, advanced to the conference championship, earning second place at the tournament on Nov. 13 at Country Club Lanes in Excelsior. A team from Shakopee won the first place title.
The Belle Plaine Varsity Black team also came in second place during the regular season, winning 10 out of 12 games, with a team average of 173.92, a high game of 226, and a high series of 599.
For senior Michael Glynn, who has been on the bowling team since seventh grade, it was a great end to an unusual season.
“I’ve been into bowling forever. It was a good opportunity to get to bowl more and get better at it,” said Glynn.
The black team is made up of four seniors, including Glynn. Each earned a spot on the Metro Southwest All-Conference Team this year. Ethan Hoffman was the fifth All-Conference bowler from Belle Plaine. He competed on the Varsity Red team.
“It’s tough to lose them for next year, but it is what it is. We’ve got another core group of younger kids coming through and they’ve been together for a couple of years now, so they should be ready to battle for a few years to come,” said Varsity Black Coach Allen Jackson.
Though this was Glynn’s last season as a high school bowler, he hopes the Belle Plaine bowling legacy lives on.
“I’m hoping all of the guys that are here stay. I’d like to see it last a long time,” he said.