2017-12-07 / Sports

Back to basics: ‘Green’ Lakers to focus on fundamentals, future


GLEN LAKE bowlers began their season on Saturday in a Baker tournament at Lucky Jack’s in Traverse City. Pictured from left in the back row are Drew Barber, Stephen Hazel, Kenneth Plamondon, Dylan VanBlaricum and Isaac Flask. Pictured from left in the front row are Breanna Geiger and Hannah Emerson. Photo: Ashley Parent GLEN LAKE bowlers began their season on Saturday in a Baker tournament at Lucky Jack’s in Traverse City. Pictured from left in the back row are Drew Barber, Stephen Hazel, Kenneth Plamondon, Dylan VanBlaricum and Isaac Flask. Pictured from left in the front row are Breanna Geiger and Hannah Emerson. Photo: Ashley Parent Glen Lake bowlers rolled into the 2017-18 season in style at Lucky Jack’s in Traverse City on Saturday.

The Lakers, who will bowl as one collective unit this season, were one of four bracket qualifiers in a 12-team Baker tournament after bowling scores of 151, 109, 144, 129, 78 and 84 (695 total) in the preliminary games.

Glen Lake co-coach Ashley Parent said the Lakers made the cut by nine pins, and that the team proceeded to bowl games of 102 and 121 (223 total), falling to Benzie Central (255 total).

“We are so proud of all the hard work the kids have been putting in at every practice,” Parent said. “With nine more weeks until regionals, the kids we have on our team show great promise. Every student we have is such a joy on the team. They all listen and are all very eager to learn and get better.

“I am very anxious to see how this season progresses for us.”

The team features nine bowlers this season — a big drop from last year’s program, which featured two boys teams and a girls team.

Co-coach Rod Parent, Ashley Parent’s dad, said only one of those nine bowlers is a senior.

“We’re going to start from the beginning and concentrate on practice,” Rod Parent said. “I’m just telling them, ‘Hit your mark and hit the headpin.’ We can adjust accordingly but, as coaches, we’ll have to start from square one.

“In practice, kids were bowling from the wrong leg or taking too many steps. Some were just running up there. Others would take two steps and whip it down. ... We’re really green.”

Though expectations will be a bit tempered this season, Rod Parent said the goal is to make the sport both enjoyable and competitive for all.

To make that happen, he said, kids will need to focus on fundamentals.

That means learning to hit the head pin before learning to spin and hook balls down the lane.

“You’ve got to get the basics first,” he said.

The team will compete in its first Great Northwest Bowling Conference tournament at Lucky Jack’s Saturday.

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