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The St. Catharine College bowling team concluded the first half of its season last weekend with an invitational tournament at the Rose Bowl Lanes in Louisville. The tournament was the fifth of the semester for Larry Luvisi’s team that is now in its second year of competition.
“Bowling in college is a long season,” said Luvisi, the owner of Bardstown Bowling Center which serves as the Patriots’ home lanes. “We have five tournaments the first semester and will have four the second semester. The regular season ends in February, but the national tournament (United States Bowling Congress) is not until April.”
The Patriots, still a fledgling team in the college bowling world, have had a moderate amount of success in their second season according to Luvisi. “We have been near the top half in most of the tournaments this year. Bowling is much different at the college level than what they were bowling in high school or in other leagues.”
The Alley Pats also took part in the Wright State Invitational in Dayton, Ohio, where 38 men’s teams and 25 women’s teams competed. The Patriot men took 26th place while the women finished 23rd.
The top individual for the men was Dylan Boggs, a freshman from West Jessamine High School, 23rd in the field of 241 bowlers with a 202 average. Stephanie Wilcheck was the top female bowler for St. Catharine, finishing 59th out of 152 bowlers with a 167 average. Breanna Thompson was close behind in 66th place with a 160 average.
Bowling on the NAIA level is currently a “club sport” status, but next year it will be recognized as a varsity sport which will include a national tournament just as in other sports.
“Right now there are only 29 NAIA colleges with bowling teams,” said Luvisi, “but more are coming in all of the time. It will be easier to attract kids to bowl in college when it becomes a recognized sport with a national championship.”