Last year, not many people knew about the inaugural season of Bearden’s bowling team, but with one season under their belt, the program looks to keep growing.
The Bearden bowling team is split into a girls and boys team with 10 bowlers on the girls team and seven on the boys team.
The path for many of Bearden’s bowlers varies, but many are now traveling down the same lane.
“When Bearden got a team last year, I immediately asked my parents if they would help me learn how to bowl correctly, and they were very excited that I was thinking about joining,” sophomore Zach Jones said. “I started playing last year when the bowling team started, but my family has been bowling for their whole lives so I had a lot of help from them.
“They really helped me get my average up.”
Added junior Thomas Gore: “I thought bowling was interesting since I starting bowling in wellness my freshman year. Then my friend Jordan Tibbits told me about the bowling team, and we decided to go for it.”
Jones leads the boys team with an average of 168 and bowled a 212 in a match against Webb on Oct. 21. With the Spartans as the only team nearby, some of the bowlers have looked at them as their rival, and Bearden takes pride in winning their first match against them 18-9.
“We are only one of two schools in Knox County to have official bowling teams,” Coach Jennifer Allen said. “Knox County does not really fund bowling so not many schools have teams.”
Bearden’s schedule usually consists of two matches per week, which usually fall on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The bowling team trains similar to any other team at Bearden and had preseason practices around once a week.
Bearden hosts their home matches at Family Bowl on Kingston Pike.
The girls team is led by senior Jeannette Houck who placed second in the region last year and placed in the top-16 in the state.
With the team’s second year going strong, Bearden looks to keep rolling and improving every match.
“We’re a lot better than we were last year, so this year we’re hoping to beat some teams in regionals, and then next year be even better,” Jones said.