The first action of the York-Adams Bowling League kicks off Monday when Central York and Spring Grove meet at Colony Park Lanes North at 3:30 p.m.
The fledgling high school league includes seven schools: Central York, Dallastown, Kennard-Dale, New Oxford, Red Lion, Spring Grove, and York Tech. Host bowling centers for the games include Colony Park Lanes North, Suburban Bowlerama, Lion Bowl and Hanover Bowling Center.
âIt’s a very exciting time for us,â said Mike Zelger, Lion Bowl co-owner. âThe owners have tried for years to make bowling a PIAA sanctioned sport. Through collaboration, area sports directors and bowling owners have made this possible.â
For the past two years, bowling has been a club sport at several high schools in the area.
Each York-Adams team takes part in six league matches. Teams can also schedule exhibition matches and participate in tournaments. The season ends with district and state tournaments for those who qualify.
âHigh school bowling is one of the fastest growing sports in the country,â said Andy Brenneman of Bowlers Supply. “And, our schools in the area have had a strong response. This is a great opportunity for students to compete in a sport, represent their schools and receive recognition.”
Gary McChalicher, Kennard-Dale Sporting Director who chairs the York-Adams Bowling Committee, said: âWe were very encouraged by the response regarding the bowling. Our experience is that children who participate in bowling are not otherwise. with winter activities. It’s a huge opportunity for them.
Area owners expect the league to grow next season.
âThere is a lot of interest and room for growth,â Zelger said. “I think we could add up to four schools next year. I think it will be a great league.”
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