Northwest students headed to Bearcat Lanes and signed up for the winter bowling league, spending snowy days enjoying the company of their teammates and the thrill of getting the ever-elusive strike.
Bearcat Lanes has been in operation for 30 years and has seen many teams win and lose over that time. Tyler Meinert, who worked there for five years, is enjoying his “victory lap” as a Northwest senior watching the teams and doing what he can to make sure everyone’s enjoying the experience.
“The college league is my favorite, of course,” Meinert says.
But instead of having a specific favorite team, Meinert is happy for anybody that joins.
While players on other sports teams may have winning as their overall motivation for playing, most everyone on the winter bowling league prefers to just enjoy the game and the time spent with friends, old and new.
“It’s a great way to meet new people and get out there,” Devyn Martinez said.
Martinez, a junior Graphic Design major, was asked by a friend to join the league back in December.
“I hadn’t bowled for 2 years,” Martinez said. “It’s fun. I’m hoping to score a 150.”
Junior Shea Samuelson joined the Ball Busters last spring.
“I came to cosmic bowling and thought it would be fun to join a team,” Samuelson said. “Last year, my goal was to make 50 every game. This year, I want to make 100 every game. I got a ball that works, so I think I can do it.”
It’s clear to see that, while some friendly competition is inevitable, everyone on the college bowling league is mainly there to have fun with the sport and support their friends.
There are more than 60 students who participate in this bowling league.
The NWMSU college bowling league meets at 8:30 p.m. every Monday and 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at Bearcat Lanes.