By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Some changes will greet members of the high school bowling team at Chase County Schools this season.
As the local team of 11 opens its seventh season on Saturday, changes on the schedule will greet them, said Coach Denise Smith, causing more road travel.
The reason for more miles is that instead of competing in a geographic area against schools regardless of their class size like last year, Smith said they will be competing against only Class C schools this season.
That means opponents such as Wisner/Pilger, Norfolk Catholic, Wayne and Hartington are on the schedule, although, in most cases, they will be meeting on neutral sites between the two.
In addition, Smith noted the Nebraska High School Bowling Federation added a conference tournament for each class this year. Class C for the Chase County’s division is on Dec. 20 in Grand Island.
Class C has been split into two divisions (east and west), with eight schools in each division. State organizers haven’t released yet if the conference tourney will include just those in Chase County’s division or a mix.
Ogallala is Chase County’s first opponent of the season, and will travel here for a meet this Saturday starting at 10 a.m.
The bowling format is set up as in the past, Smith said.
In Class C, a minimum of four bowlers compete on a team and go head-to-head against a bowler from the opposing team for two games. The high bowler in each game gets a point for his/her team and the team winner (all of the team’s individual scores tallied) gains another three points.
Also, as part of the competition, a “Baker’s Format” is used, in which the bowlers on each team take turns bowling two frames in each of three games. The team winning two of three games gets an additional five points.
Teams go through this format twice once in the morning and, after a lunch break, against in the afternoon. When its a quad (four teams), Chase County will bowl against one school in the morning and a different one in the afternoon.
In addition to this Saturday, Chase County will host another meet here Jan. 24 with Boone Central and Norfolk Catholic.
High school bowling is not an NSAA-sponsored activity, so the local team must find its funding elsewhere, Smith said.
A good chunk of support comes from $2 each bowler provides who competes in adult leagues at Imperial Lanes.
Other funds were raised the past year from bowling tournament coordinated by Alex Marshall and Imperial Lanes.
Together, that has raised the $750 participation fee to compete in the Nebraska High School Bowling Federation, Smith said.
The teams will use uniforms from last year, but participants will have to help pay for travel and overnight expenses if required, she said.
Assisting Smith with coaching again this year is Alex Marshall.
Making up the boys’ team are Sheldon Bartholomew, Allan Smith, Will Lewis, Indy Smith, Cade Francis, Jonathan Lewis and Joel DaMoude.
On the girls’ team are Faith Reinke, Makayla DaMoude, Becca Huicochea and Sydney Vetter.
Here is the season schedule. Times are local to the host site.
Dec. 6—at Chase County, 10 a.m. Chase Co. vs. Ogallala.
Dec. 13—at Kearney, 11 a.m. Chase Co. vs. St. Paul/Elba; 1:30 p.m. Chase co. vs. Kearney Catholic.
Dec. 20—Conference tournament, Grand island.
Jan. 3—at Ogallala, 1 p.m. Chase Co. vs. Wisner/Pilger; 3:30 p.m. Chase Co. vs. North Bend.
Jan. 10—at Broken Bow, 12 noon Chase Co. vs. Burwell; 2:30 p.m. Chase Co. vs. Broken Bow/Doniphan.
Jan. 17—at Grand Island, 11 a.m. Chase Co. vs. Wayne; 1:30 p.m. Chase Co. vs. Hartington.
Jan. 24—at Chase County, 12 noon Boone Central, 3:30 p.m. Norfolk Catholic.
Jan. 24—District tourney TBA.
Feb. 14-15—State tourney in Lincoln.