The Avon Lake City Schools Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the addition of boys and girls bowling teams to the athletic program beginning with the 2016-17 school year. In addition, the board also approved to add the following supplemental salary positions for the school year: boys bowling head coach, boys bowling assistant coach, girls bowling head coach and girls bowling assistant coach.
The high school bowling season begins in mid-November and ends with the state tournament in late February/early March.
The teams will play in the North Shore Bowling Conference as not all schools in the Southwestern Conference have bowling teams. There 17 teams in the conference which includes neighboring schools Amherst, Brookside, Clearview, Elyria, Elyria Catholic, Firelands, Midview, North Olmsted, North Ridgeville and Vermilion. More than 340 students participate.
In 2007 the Ohio High School Athletic Association approved the addition of bowling and since then, the sport has grown at high schools throughout the state.
“We are very excited to offer the sport of bowling as it enables another segment of kids to participate in sports at Avon Lake High School,” said Nori Okuma, Avon Lake High School athletic director. “We offer a wide range of sports and this is just another way to get more students involved. We had heard over the years from the community that there was a great interest in bowling. We worked with a number of community members and others involved in the local bowling community to make sure we verified that interest. They all have been instrumental to bring the sport here and we are grateful for their support.”
Spevock Nautical Lanes Bowling Alley in Avon Lake will be the “home house” for the teams. The owners were instrumental in working with the school to bring the team to Avon Lake.