On the 8th of Jan., four York County high schools will set to compete in bowling as a club sport. They are Dallastown, Red Lion, Spring Grove, and Central York. The season will take place until the end of February.
They had a strong response from the superintendents, students, and athletic directors as well. All of them are excited to start the season.
“This is one of the biggest things to happen to York County bowling in a long time,” said Mike Zelger, co-proprietor of Lion Bowl in Red Lion.
“Students are the future of bowling,” said Andy Brenneman of Bowlers Supply, who helped organize the effort.
The York-Adams Interscholastic Club Bowling League schedule calls for each school to bowl the other three schools three times. Lion Bowl is the home center for Red Lion and Dallastown, while Colony Park Lanes North is the home center for Central and Spring Grove.
The York County Bowling Proprietors Association is supporting the high school teams through a series of fundraisers. There is no cost to the students or the schools to participate in the league.
After several unsuccessful attempts to establish bowling as a club sport in the county, the future looks bright. Zelger expects three or four more high schools to field bowling teams next season.
The Kick Off Classic, a singles event open to all high-school bowlers, was held last week at Lion Bowl and Colony Park Lanes North. A Baker-style tournament is scheduled for midway through the season.
Brenneman said, “Many people don’t know that young bowlers can earn scholarship by competing in bowling tournaments.” “Some high-school pupils have earned partial or full bowling scholarships to colleges.”
York Tech and Kennard-Dale already have bowling teams, but they compete in the Lancaster/Lebanon League as a PIAA sport. Zelger said the eventual goal is to have bowling as a PIAA sport in York County.