Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Bowling Has Been a Long Running Tradition at Lancaster Catholic in the Diocese of Harrisburg

The only diocesan high school to offer bowling as a varsity sport is the Crusaders of Lancaster Catholic, who bowl in Section 4 of the Lancaster-Lebanon league. A strong league that features co-ed bowling teams that have keglers on their teams who can average as high as the 230s and 700 series – that’s knocking down 7-9 strikes per game with perhaps an open frame only once per game.

For 20 years, Coach David Sharp has been at the helm of the Crusaders bowling program. Though the team this year is not competing in the top-echelon of the great teams in the league, he still finds rewards in coaching and teaching the game. Every bowling center is different, every land varies with how the ball reacts and breaks. It’s a cerebral game.

“Bowling is a great sport,” Coach Sharp said before a league match at Palmyra Bowling Center where they faced powerhouse North Lebanon. “It’s a sport for non-traditional athletes to participate in, and it can be a low-pressure activity for these athletes. It can also be a high-pressure sport when you get into big matches and post-season tournaments like leagues, districts, regionals and states.”

Coach Sharp has had some great teams over the years, and he recalls fondly bowling in front of a packed house when their arch-rival was the opponent. “The lanes would be packed with people and loud and the atmosphere was great. It was exciting, and I would love to get back to competing at that level,” he said.

Teams bowl a total of three games as five players bowl against five not as match play but as total pins. A team gets two points per game total of the five, and then one point for overall total pins of the three-game series. That makes seven total points up for grabs in a match.

Lancaster Catholic High School has provided an educational opportunity rooted in faith, tradition and excellence since 1928. More information on the schools is available at www.lchsyes.org.

(Photos by Chris Heisey, The Catholic Witness.)

By Chris Heisey, The Catholic Witness

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