WICHITA, Kan.—For the Trinity Academy bowling team, this year is different for everyone. The team consists of mostly new players, which has challenged the team since the beginning of the year.
“We lost two bowlers who previously qualified for state, but we’ve got a couple of new players coming along,” said assistant coach Tim Loftin. “They’re getting better every week. They’re learning fast even with a lot of new people.”
“It’s going pretty well with the new coach,” said senior Josh Snodgrass. “(Head Coach Dalen Rosiere) is helping us improve a lot.”
“I started by getting gutter balls, but now I’m getting spares and even strikes,” said sophomore Katelyn Speer. “The coaches have truly helped to train and support us.”
Senior James Mork also thinks the new coach has helped the team.
“It’s a lot more serious and now our team has had a lot more room to grow with a coach with a lot of experience,” said Mork.
The Knights have two distinct leaders among the fresh faces.
“Campbell James is the only senior who stuck with the program,” said Loftin. “(She is the) strongest leader. A good leader. Josiah DeGrado is just a good bowler and team leader
The players seem to agree.
“At the end of every practice we get together and one of them always prays,” said Speer. “I look up to Josiah and Campbell because they encourage all of us and keep our heads up. Everyone cares and supports each other. Not only in bowling, but in our personal lives.”