Knocking down new goals


Freshmen Kendall leprich bowls against Plainfield South at town and country lanes in Joliet on Jan. 11. Photo by Julia Gerard

Julia Gerard, News Editor


Girl’s bowling is stepping up to the line in a new  season.  


Currently, the  Tigers have a 5 -5 record.  Though last season was truncated, this year the  girls have a positive attitude and are determined to play to their potential.


“I think our biggest goal for this season was to come into it with an open mind knowing that the season was limited last year,” junior varsity coach Kaitlin Midgley said. “This was a great year to see where we were at as a team and start learning more about everyone to set things up for next year.”

Varsity coach Marissa Ramirez wants her bowlers to focus on fundamentals like ball hold position to improve the overall team’s success.


A few goals of this season were to come together as a team, learn how to adjust to different oil patterns and bring home some hardware,” Ramirez said.


The Lady Tigers have been able to tackle obstacles faced throughout the season. Conversely, they also celebrated some milestones.


“Throughout the season I have noticed many improvements, such as the girls’ averages increasing,” Ramirez said. “We also have celebrated new high games and series. This shows that all of our drills, spare games and practices are paying off.”


The Strikefest Tournament, which took place at Town and Country Lanes on Dec. 11, 2021, was a season high according to Ramirez. 


A few highlights of the season consist of placing first in the Copper Division at our Strikefest Tournament,” Ramirez said. “We also won the jump award which consists of the team who jumped the most places. This was a very good tournament for us and set a precedent for the rest of the season.”


Though this season has had its fair share of hardships, the bowler’s credit team camaraderie for keeping their spirits up. 

“The season has its challenges with Covid, but we still find ways to make it feel like a family,” junior Amaya Balcar said. “We had a secret Santa and other team building days.”


The Tigers also have their own personal goals they would like to meet before the season comes to an end.


“My goal for the rest of the season is to beat my highest pin count game of 276,” sophomore Brooklyn Talley said. “I am really trying to beat that, at least by a single pin.”


This Tiger’s regional tournament is Feb. 5 and they hope to keep up the good work and finish strong. 

“As our season comes to an end, we would love to see each bowler come out of this season proud with what they accomplished during our time together as well as with off-season goals to come back even stronger next year,” Midgley said.