Bowlers needed in Eagle River

Wolves play Service today at Eagle River Bowl


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Eagle River’s Josh Bogowith bowls during practice Nov. 19 at Eagle River Bowl. He is one of six returners for the Wolves.

MIKE NESPER

Eagle River High’s bowling team needs some help.

“We need more bowlers, especially girls,” Wolves’ head coach Lynn Kocher said.

Eagle River has just 12 bowlers out this season — a result from graduating several seniors and another team member moving, Kocher said.

But that’s the way it goes in bowling, she said.

“Last year, it was the complete opposite,” Kocher said. “It’s all cyclical.”

It’s never too late to sign up for bowling, Kocher said.

“We take kids all year long,” she said.

Anyone interested need only to show up at Eagle River Bowl on Mondays or Tuesdays at 3 p.m.

“They don’t need equipment, and they don’t need to know how to bowl,” Kocher said.

Playing for Kocher is simple.

“You have to respect the flag during the National Anthem, and you have to have fun,” she said. “Those are the only two rules.”

Half of her team is made up of newcomers, Kocher said.

“I have a lot of new kids,” she said.

But, she said, they’re taking to the sport well.

“By the time they’re seniors, they’ll be strong bowlers,” Kocher said.

Josh Bogowith, Bobby Leibbrand and Alex Leibbrand make up the returning boys while Carly Meacham, Mykela Carroll and Shannon Jones are back on the girls side.

Also new to the team is assistant coach Bill Dix. Kocher, who is considering moving Outside once her husband retires, is hoping Dix will take over once she leaves the team. So far, Dix is enjoying is new job, Kocher said.

“He loves this,” she said. “He’s having a ball.”

With half the team new to bowling, Eagle River’s first match against perennial powerhouse Dimond was an eye-opener, Kocher said. Though the Lynx cruised to victory, the Wolves avoided a shutout.

“We took some points,” Kocher said. “That’s important.”

Eagle River’s second match is today (Thursday, Nov. 29) against Service at Eagle River Bowl.

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