Preview of Girls Bowling

Preview of Girls Bowling

Rachel Nelson, Editor-In-Chief

It’s that time of year again. Winter sports are starting up and the snow is falling too early, typical October/November things. 

As Thanksgiving approaches, girls at Belvidere North are getting ready for the start of the bowling season. After having graduated eight seniors last year, they are going to have to take this year as somewhat of a rebuilding year. There are only three returning varsity bowlers: Jessica Schardl (‘20), Kalaya Smelter (‘20) and Rachel Nelson (‘20). 

Last season, the girls ended in sixth place in conference with their record being 4-5. 

Nelson ended last season at sectionals where she narrowly missed making it to state. In the conference season, she only averaged 185 due to an injury in her wrist. This made it the third year she has advanced to sectionals, but missed the cut for state. She is hoping to be able to fix any errors in her game and make it to state for her senior year. 

North wasn’t the only team to lose important people last season. Harlem, the #1 team in the state, graduated three of their top varsity girls. Last year, they were basically untouchable. Having lost those three, there is more of a chance that other teams will be able to come out on top at tournaments. 

Tryouts for this season start on November 18 with their first tournament being in the same week. The team will start out with the NIC-10 Preseason Tournament. This gives each team a chance to showcase what they will be bringing to the table this season. It will also help to show how the state of each team is at the start of the new season. 

“I am really excited for this year. Bowling is my favorite time of the year and I can’t wait to improve my game and make that next step towards college,” said Nelson. 

For anyone wanting to tryout, there will be no cuts made. The home house for Belvidere North is The Cherry Bowl. Make sure that you register online before the end of the day on November 14, as that is when registration ends. There are currently only six girls signed up, so don’t miss out on the opportunity for a fun season! Stop into the athletic office for any information about the girls bowling program.