Bowling Over the Competition

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“One year [the bowling team] is really hungry to win,” bowling coach Anita Carlson said. “the next year sometimes we come out a little bit flat.”

 This year they are starving for those wins.
 
“[They are] bowling a little bit more aggressively,” Carlson said “[They] want the wins and are working hard at practice and improving their mental game.”
 
The bowling program has been a varsity sport for six years and Carlson has been coaching for five of them. She started coaching because she believes that there are not a lot of people who know how to coach bowling.
 
Her coaching style doesn’t involve a lot of rules but the few that she has do need to be followed.
 
“[The first year I teached I got a] group that didn’t really have a lot of rules,” Carlson said. “Now we have a lot more organized and structured practices.”
 
Practices mostly consist of drillwork involving shooting
 
“We work on spare shooting [and] target shooting. Then we’ll bowl to make sure that everything is going good,” said senior Rob Wagner
 
Wagner, a top bowler, leads the bowling team along with Christina Picicci.
 
“In his freshman year [Wagner] made it to state and placed third. This year he shot a 289, which is almost a perfect game,” Carlson said. “[Picicci] came to me as a sophomore and she’s been at the top ever since.She’s always been our good lead off bowler and she’s been a great leader.”
 
Rob started around the time he was three or four. This young start influenced him to join the bowling team.
 
“I’ve been bowling all my life and I just wanted to [play],” Wagner said.
 
The practice must be paying off, a boys team of Adam Miltner, Joel Bonner, Nick Conrad, Connor Kring, Justan Walthall as well as Robert Wagner were regional champions and Christina Picicci and Gretel Briand qualified for state.