Harrison bowlers take part in the national

CADIZ — Summer, for many youngsters, is a time of rest and relaxation.

Not for members of the Harrison Central High School boys’ bowling team.

Nearly four months after reaching the Ohio state tournament for the first time, the Huskies notched another first last weekend.

Head coach Bobbie Parkinson tutored eight bowlers at the United States Bowling National Championships inside the 80-lane Expo Bowl in Indianapolis.

The Huskies qualified for the 76-team (48 boys and 28 girls) event by recording a 300 Baker game last December and through its top 10 state finish in Columbus in March.

“It was a learning experience for all of us,” Parkinson said. “There were teams there from Hawaii, Alaska, Colorado, Pennsylvania, just to name a few.

“There were a lot of good, good bowlers there. It gave our boys something to look forward to. I know they have to improve their game if they want to get to where they want to go.

“I’m very proud of them. They all went out and held their own.”

Hunter Stark, Logan Cologie, Curtis Blackburn, Zach Keyser, Trevor Thompson, Nick Coffland, Jacob Hudson and Nathan Willis all participated. Three regular games were thrown, along with three Bakers.

The Huskies amassed a score of 3,331 paced by Cologie’s 610 series and a 259 game. Thompson fired a 563.

Harrison Central, one of five Ohio squads competing, didn’t advance to the Round of 28, but Parkinson said scores were just part of the experience.

“We missed the cut by just 74 pins,” she noted. “But all eight boys were able to bowl, which was pretty neat. I was really proud of them.”

Parkinson said it marked the first time since the team competed together since state. All eight had a part in the run to Columbus, and all return this winter.

“The boys, they get along really well,” she said. “They’re a well-oiled machine when they’re on.”

While the trip was fun, Parkinson said it provided the team an opportunity to see how it stacks up against some of the best, while allowing it to hone its skills. She noted after the state tournament that Baker games were somewhat of an Achilles’ heel and that was a focus.

“That’s something we’ve been working on,” Parkinson said. “And spares are something else, too. Strikes are nice, but spares can win you games. So, that’s an objective for next season, pick up more spares.”

With most of the team members having summer jobs, Parkinson said getting everyone together has been a challenge. The trip allowed for that, as well as for community support. Parkinson said parents and other community members made the trip to support the kids, a continuation of what occurred during the postseason earlier this year.

“I would say we accomplished what we wanted to,” she said. “We wanted to finish a bit better than 33rd but, hey, we’ll take it.

“They’re excited for next season,” she said. “I can’t wait to see the bucket list they make out.”