Bowling has high expectations for new season

Brianna Carmack, Print Editor-in-Chief

The Manhattan bowling team has been preparing for their season since the start of December, leading up to their first tournament tonight at Gage Bowl in Hayden.

This year, the tournaments are set up differently because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Masks are required and social distancing regulations have been made in order to enforce a safe environment for the students to bowl in.

“It is constructed differently due to the virus,” senior Kim Crawforth said. “We no longer will be allowed to interact with other teams at the tournaments, but we are all happy just to be back together and doing what we love.”

Spectators are also prohibited from watching the tournaments, which includes parents. 

The coaches for this year stay the same with Robert Regan as the head coach and Tim Gromlovits as the assistant coach. This will be Regan’s 10th year as the head coach for the MHS bowling team. The coaches have high hopes for this season.

“I’m excited for all of them,” Gromlovits said. “I like to see all of them. There’s seems like there’s a lot of excitement here with them. I’d like to see them be happier with themselves… they’re achieving the goals that they’re looking for as a team.”

The team’s mindset for this season is to improve their scores after each tournament and have a great season overall.

“I am most excited to see how not only myself, but the team improves over the season,” Crawforth said. “It is exciting to see the improvements that people make individually and as a team. My goal is to be around the 180-200 game average. It will just take time and effort.”

Gromlovits and Regan have a lot of pride in their team. However, that doesn’t stop them from always working on improvements in effort of making a great shot. 

“We have some really good bowlers, but it all comes down to execution of every shot just like every sport,” Gromlovits said. “We have a lot of talent here, so it’s just a matter of when they listen and focus and keep it going. But, I think we’re going to have a good season.”

For the last two years, the girls team has made it to State. The coaches and the team are hoping to see those same results this year. Along with that, the team of course encourages the boys team to work just as hard, so that they can make it to State as well.

“Well the girls made it to State the last two years in a row, which is fantastic,” Gromlovits said. “I like to see both teams make State this year. The last two years the boys didn’t make State, but we made a lot of flaws there.”

The first meet will be hosted in Hayden at Gage Bowl tonight. MHS will be competing against Seaman, Hayden and Topeka West.