OHS Bowling team takes first place at Annual Mid-American High School Tournament


photo courtesy of Lisa Hutton

The bowling team took first place in the Annual Mid-American High School Tournament on April 24.

After a long day of competition, the OHS bowling team placed first out of 17 teams in the annual Mid-American High School Tournament on April 24. The team not only took home the top spot, but $5,000 in scholarship money as well.

The tournament started at 9 a.m., ending at 5 p.m. During this time, each team member was required to bowl nine games, take a break, and then bowl nine more. It was challenging, but the team kept themselves motivated.                 

“Our team had great chemistry,” said Ryan Browne (12). “We all had fun and if we noticed someone was feeling down about how they were doing, we tried to hype them up and get them back into the groove.”

“We kept each other excited and tried to keep everyone’s mind off of the score,” added Zachary Spalding (12). “You can do worse if you think too much about it.” 

The team’s success not only came from the encouragement between teammates, but also the hard practice and work it took to get there.                                                                                                                                                            

“We prepared for the tournament by practicing hard in the weeks before. We had one big practice session the night before the tournament as well,” said Mia Adams (10).

According to Kaylee Hudson (12), the team had no expectations for the tournament but with the hard work and high spirits, the team was able to have a very successful night, scoring around 200 each game.

“I was definitely not expecting to win first place, but the team worked really well together,” said Adams. “I think that’s the main reason why we won.”

The team walked away with a first place win, a $5,000 scholarship award, and perhaps most notably, a new respect for the sport of bowling at OHS.

“Of course, it’s always nice to win, but now the bowling team gets some recognition at school. Bowling is not a sport that many people know we have, so it’s important to bring recognition to it,” said Adams. “It was definitely a special moment.”