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BOWLING: Bardstown makes its debut this season
By Dennis George
Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 4:46 pm
Bardstown’s decision to add bowling to its array of extracurricular activities has been met with overwhelming approval by its students.  DENNIS GEORGE/Contributing Photographer Bardstown bowler Belle Sunderland is all smiles after her roll during last week's match against Nelson County.  That’s much different than a few years ago when a Bardstown teacher tried to get a bowling club started.  “At the time, we all thought it was a great idea, but it never got any traction and didn’t get off of the ground,” coach Aaron Boggs said. “Then last spring, Shawn (Boggs) got her Key Club involved in a bowling league and it has taken off from there.”  More than 36 bowlers show up every Thursday at the Bardstown Bowling Lanes for practice.  Aaron Boggs, Shawn Boggs and Bryan Kellem are coaching the teams, and the Boggs’ are not surprised by the number of students who have joined their squads.  “Most kids want to belong to something,” Aaron Boggs said. “If they’re not a stellar athlete, they’re intimidated. If they’re not a stellar football player or a stellar basketball player, they aren’t going to go out for those sports. This new sport is in a less intimidating environment. Some of them play other sports, but this gives them something to do in their offseason. They want to be active; they want to do something.”  Most of the Bardstown bowlers had not taken up the game seriously until the spring league, but their coaches say they are all showing improvement with the added time on the lanes.  “A lot of the kids are within a few pins of each other,” Shawn Boggs said. “They all deserve a chance to get out there and see what they can do.”  That balance will help the coaches as they continue their season, enabling them to allow every kid to participate in a match. Only eight bowlers can compete in each match.  “We actually have enough bowlers for a varsity and junior varsity team, but no one else does that,” Shawn Boggs said.  “None of our kids are going to bowl a 300,” Aaron added. “ We don’t have those types of bowlers. We are going to give these kids an opportunity.”  Two boys stood out from the rest in Bardstown’s 6-1 loss in its opener against John Hardin.  Sophomore Trey Settles bowled a 191 in one game, then followed it up with a 201 and a 215 against Nelson County.  “He’s very solid,” Aaron Boggs said. “Zack Dickerson, another sophomore, is always going to bowl in the 150-160 range. He’s very consistent.”  The coach said junior Dallas Downs and sophomores Durbin Boggs, Spencer Roggentine, Zach Mattingly, Joe Lauricella, Austin Wilder and Jaiden Stone-Mason “have come a long way in a short time.”  Settles is one of those bowlers who had never taken the game seriously until now.  “I’ve always had an interest in bowling though,” he said. “I didn’t get serious about it until last year. It’s a lot of fun. You get to hang out with your friends for a couple of hours. It’s a big stress-reliever for me.”  Shawn Boggs’ roster also is without a senior, but she is impressed with the improvement of her young squad.  “You can see a lot of improvement in them every time they come out,” she said.  She is expecting junior Tkeyeh Young to be a major contributor.  “She also plays basketball, so we are sharing her with them,” the coach said.  Sophomores Claire Ferrell and Leanne Sunderland “have improved considerably since we started.”  Farrell became interested in the sport in the spring.  “Last year when we started, I was awful,” she laughed. “I would bowl around a 65, but I have gotten up to a 150. It’s fun.”  Several eighth graders will play a major role in the team’s success.  “Sophia Sharp and Emily Hines are both solid performers,” Shawn Boggs said. “Sophomore Cayenne Boone is one of our wildcards. This is the first time she’s partipated in any type of athletics and she has improved by 30 pins.”  Freshmen Maddie Lamar, Belle Simpson, and Jenna Hayden will also be a part of the mix for the girls.  “Maddie has only been out here for a few weeks, but she is improving every day,” Shawn Boggs said.  The coaches said there were a lot of nerves before the match with John Hardin.  “I don’t think I’ve ever seen any athletes as nervous as they were,” Aaron Boggs said.  His wife concurred.  “They were scared to death,” Shawn Boggs noted. “Then they watched some of the John Hardin kids warm up and throw a few gutter balls. They decided, ‘hey, we can do that.’”  Bardstown’s teams each lost 6-1 to the Bulldogs.  “All in all, we competed well,” Aaron said. “I think we only lost the total pins by 40.”    
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