Rockford girls off to a strong start in bowling

Rockford bowlers (l–r) Nick VanDrunen, Katie Schmock and Megan Wood qualify for the Traverse City All-Tournament team.

Rockford bowlers (l–r) Nick VanDrunen, Katie Schmock and Megan Wood qualify for the Traverse City All-Tournament team.

After graduating eight seniors over the last two seasons and rebuilding their team, the Lady Rams bowling team got off to a strong start in December by taking fourth place at the Lowell Invitational, second at the Traverse City Invitational, and being 2-0 in the OK Red conference.


While not bowling very well at Lowell, the girls did manage to qualify and make it to the second round of the semifinals, where they lost to eventual winner Kellogsville by just 14 pins.

“We held our own on a very tough shot and stuck with Kellogsville through to the final baker frames of the second baker game of the roll-offs, where we missed a couple of spares,” said Coach Lynn Farrance. “I was very encouraged overall by how well the girls handled themselves.”

The next weekend had the Rams going to Traverse City and the girls capturing second place.

“The girls are really surprising me on how fast they are learning,”

said Coach Farrance.

Senior Katie Schmock and junior Megan Wood made the All-Tournament team with 474 and 473 series.

The girls started the beginning of conference play 2-0 by defeating East Kentwood 20-10 and winning a nail-biter over Grandville 16-14.

“What a great match. We came in missing senior starter Christina Miller and pulled off a huge victory,” said Coach Farrance.

Senior bowler and anchor Katie Schmock was key to the victory.

The boys team qualified in the Lowell invitational, but lost in the first round, and took fourth in Traverse City behind senior Nick VanDrunen, who also made the All-Tournament team. The boys are also starting off the OK Red conference season 2-0 with victories over East Kentwood and Grandville 29-1 and 23-7.

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