1 he biggest suprise and most well kept
secret in sports may have been the bowling team.
With no players returning from
the past year, (ranked no. 7 in the nation)
the new team rolled to an unexpected
24th spot in the nation for the fall season.
Ronnie Sherman, the team captain, and the highest ranked player by
average, is very hopeful about the teams
talent developing a promising image in
the future seasons.
the season with tournaments in conference play in the North
Kansas City Pro
Bowl, UH men's team
finished 10th, while
the women's team
finished 8th in the
teams standings. In the important na-
tional collegiate match game championship held in St. Louis, Mo., Houston finished 25 out of 64 schools from across the
nation, bowling a team average of 205.
The travelling team was comprised of two first and second men's teams
and one women's team; the teams were
named by coaches Bill Schwehr and Jean
Cope. They selected on the basis of qualifying scores, tournament scores, attitude,
commitment, and fund raising participation and as an implied rule, according to
Keira Clark, it helped to be a "little crazy".
The team more or less is on its own
in the practice sessions, consistently
improveing their game. "Ronnie will periodically spot me while I am throwing
and tell me what he is seeing wrong", says
Kiera Clark."And usually, that is how we
learn from each other." The coaching from
Schwehr and Cope was focused more on
it's way to the top
Skip Guthrie, lead off bowler for the
team said he spends about 10 hours a week
practicing. "During practice, the seriousness
is not all there as it is in tournament play."
The concentration needed for tournaments
also lended well to Guthrie's summertime
tournaments and may work well for him
when he joins the pro circut.
Lara Weddel never thought the time
she spent in junior bowling leauges would
lead to the Cougar team, but she said that she
quickly learned the
social aspects of team
bowling. "I enjoy the
fun times with the
team, especially on the
long road trips."
Weddel also bowled
on two other leauges
over the semester.
The bowling team
had the time consuming responsibility of
raising their own financial support through
sponsoring bowl-a-thons, candy and T-shirt
sales. According to Guthrie, "the schools
that are ranked no. 1 and 2 happen to be well
financed by the university, thereby, more
time is available for them". It is not unheard
of for a serious player to invest about $750.00
minimum for their personal equipment of
their own bowling balls, shoes, etc., let alone
money for the team to travel. It would be
almost a luxury for a player to receive some
extras, such as a new ball. For a good team
that's just getting started, that may not be too
much to ask.
The team spirit paid off to accomplish a surprising finish for the fall semester;
and hopes were high for the national tournament in Las Vegas, where they focused on
seeing pins fall and not rolling snake eyes.-
photo by Gil1
1^ reshman Keira Clark lends her ten years of bowling experince to the team. Photo by Gilbert Sifuentes.
l^kip Guthrie has earned more than 200 dollars in
collegete competition, but he could be making thousands more on the pro circut, which he plans to join
after graduation. Photo by Gilbert Sifuentes.
^fter a back injury from gymnastics, Lara Weddel 1-shirt sales were the bowling team's biggest
took up bowling, and works to keep her team in the fundraiser. Here team members show off the Termi-
college top ten. Photo by Gilbert Sifuentes. nate U.T.:Judgment Dav shirt (refering to the foot
ball teams win over the Longhorns), and other shirts
supporting the Cougars. Photo by Gilbert Sifuentes.
photo by Gilbert Sifuentes
Skip Guthrie, Colin Campbell, Jason Morgan,
Chad Mason, Ronnie Sherman, Marc Oullette,
James Webb, Shane Biucvalt, Richard Smith,
Kiera Clark, Tracy Hess, Mai Pham, Tammy
Nguyen, Lara Weddel, Noorliza Yahaya
Bill Schwehr and Jean Cope
"Although college bowlers are on a team
effort, it still comes down to individual strategy
on every shot." -Keira Clark
"Awards for tournament wins are in the
form of a scholarship, and they can be as little as
$200. That doesn't go a long way when you have
to buy all of your own equipment." -Skip Guthrie
"Having a good time is very critical to
good bowling ."-Keira Clark