The girls bowling team has nearly doubled from last year, while the boy’s team has gotten significantly smaller. Sophomore Nick “Dunkin” Black reported that there are only nine people on the boy’s team this year because a lot of the boys last year were seniors.
The girl’s team last year was very close, whilst the boys were not. One would think that adding so many new people to the girl’s team would effect the closeness of the team but it has not and the girls do not foresee such things happening. So while the larger team is extremely close, the small (boys) team is not nearly as close as the girls.
There is an explanation to all of this though. The boy’s team is small and not close,but it is better than the girl’s team according to Black and sophomore Rachel Mount. The girl’s team is close and social but not as good as the boys. It seems as if the girls are in it for the social aspect and the boys are more serious about doing well.
This is the second year Mount has been bowling. “I joined last year because my sister [Amanda Mount] was in it and this year because my friends are in it,” Mount said. “I joined because my friends, my amigos, my chaps were bowling,” Black said.
This only leads us to believe that girls this year have joined for the socializing aspect also. “You don’t need any skill. You can just be really stupid and bowl,” Black said.
“It’s just something to do in the winter,” said Mount. With attitudes like this, one can only be led to believe that the bowling team will not exceed this year. Then again, they did well last year and were just as close.
Another thing that may affect the team is the girls new coach. Hoover teacher Kirk Stevens was the last coach and while Black was very happy with him, Mount hinted that she was glad they have a new coach this year.
“He’s nice. He seems like he knows what he’s talking about,” Mount said.
“He’s a very nice person. Flexible-schedule wise. Tends to get cocky but doesn’t let it get to his head,” Black said. So how does this compare to Stevens?
“Sevens was a wonderful coach. I wish he was still coaching this year. That’s how good of a coach he was. He always knew what to say at every moment. He was a good motivator. He was the team’s cheerful person,” Black said. But he was not Black’s coach.
“He helped us sometimes…He was an alright coach. Sometimes he didn’t help us as much as he could have.” Mount said. So maybe a new coach is just what the girls need to catch up with the boys.