By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
This is the eighth year Chase County Schools has a team in the Nebraska High School Bowling Federation program.
But this year, one big change in the team makeup. Chase County is competing with a combined boys/girls team.
Similar to golf at Chase County Schools, the combined team will compete against boys’ squads this season. There are no other combined teams on the Chase County schedule, said Coach Denise Smith.
There are 10 on the team, although that will drop to nine after the first of the year, Smith said.
Boys on the team include Indy Smith, Cade Francis, Johnathan Lewis, Joel DaMoude, Cody Denbo and Orrin Richardson.
Girls include Becca Huicochea, Sydney Vetter, Makayla DaMoude and Lauren Prior.
Huicochea, a senior, will graduate at the semester, so cannot compete after Jan. 9.
Vetter is out right now with a medical issue, but will be back after the first of the year.
Bowling is not yet a sanctioned NSAA activity, so Chase County’s team competes outside the realm of their oversight. However, many of the conditions other athletes follow, such as down lists, are followed by CCS bowlers.
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, again 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.
As it was last year, all of the regular season schedule is against other Class C teams. That generally means more travelling, Smith said.
Smith, now in her eighth year as coach, is being assisted by Alex Marshall and Armando Villarreal.
The bowlers opened their season Dec. 5 in Kearney, where they defeated St. Paul/Elba and lost to Kearney Catholic.
This past Saturday, Chase County was defeated in a dual by Ogallala in a home meet held at Imperial Lanes.
Here is the rest of the season schedule. Times are local to the meet location:
- Dec. 19—at Imperial Lanes, vs. Burwell/Ord at 12 noon, vs. Broken Bow at 3:30 p.m.
- Jan. 9—At Kearney Big Apple, vs. Wisner/Pilger 11 a.m., vs. North Bend 1:30 p.m.
- Jan. 16—at Grand Island Super Bowl, vs. Boone Central 1 p.m., vs. Norfolk Catholic, 3:30 p.m.
- Jan. 23— at Grand Island Westside Lanes, vs. Wayne 11 a.m., vs. Hartington 1:30 p.m.
- Jan. 30—District tournament, TBA.
- Feb. 13-14—State tournament at Sun Valley Lanes—Lincoln.