Men’s Bowling Team Learns from Taft Loss
By Yonatan Derbew
Northside’s Men’s Bowling team faced off against Taft at Waveland Bowl on Monday, Nov. 26. The Mustangs lost to Taft with a disappointing score of 1638 to 2354. Although they did not come out victorious, the match helped the team realize what they need to work on and gave them hope for the rest of the season.
The entire team is made up of almost 20 bowlers but only five play each week against other schools. The five bowlers are chosen every week based on their performances in practice. Those that bowl the top five scores that week are chosen by Coach Tony to get the chance to play against other schools. This allows variety among the lineups every week and opportunities to see what works best for the team. Scoring is not done on an individual basis. There are three rounds and the team that wins two out of the three rounds wins the match. Rounds are won based on the team score. This is calculated by adding up the total of each individual bowler and whichever team has the highest score wins the round.
Because last year’s starting lineup has all graduated, this year's bowling team has had a weak start. Co-Captain Danny O'Connor, (Adv. 901), said, “Since the first practice, we have been improving and our newest members are also doing well. Although we may have lost our core players from last year, we have guys here who have been around and have gained knowledge from their time on the bowling team. With the guidance of our veterans, I believe we can make a run at the city finals.”
To O’Connor’s point, bowling is not a sport that you can be good at naturally through athleticism and strength. It mainly requires a lot of time and concentration. It also challenges players mentally because they must be focused at all times. Ultimately, many players on the team agreed that the most important aspect of bowling is having confidence and being attentive.
The men’s bowling team may not have the same lineup from last year but they have new underclassmen who look forward to filling the spots of last year’s seniors. “We may have not had the smoothest start this season,” said O’Connor, “but I’m confident that we will only continue to improve from this point on. We may be able to capitalize on our run at the city finals last year and do even better.” With the season winding down, the men’s bowling team looks to finish strong and move on to the city finals. If you would like to catch the team practicing after school, you can stop by Waveland Bowl.