Oakman starts the only high school bowling team in county

By NICOLE SMITH
Posted 11/6/19

OAKMAN— Oakman High School is making history twofold.

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Oakman starts the only high school bowling team in county

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OAKMAN— Oakman High School is making history twofold.

This year 18 students make up the school's first bowling team and the county's only high school bowling team. 

Oakman High softball coach and physical education teacher Jordan Burson coaches the new bowling team. Burson said when he first brought up the idea of having a bowling team to students during the last school year, their enthusiasm couldn't have been greater. 

"Before I knew it, we were designing some bowling jerseys, and we didn't even have a team. We were just talking about it," Burson said. "By the end of that day, I had 40 kids come to see me, asking me when bowling tryouts were."

Burson said former Oakman High Principal Patrick Gann helped register the team with the AHSAA in early 2019, and 65 students initially signed up at the beginning of the current school year to participate. Due to some students having scheduling conflicts with other sports, only 18 — 10 girls and eight boys — are currently on the team roster.

The team's first game was against Corner last week at the Jasper Bowling Center. Burson said team members didn't compete as well as they would've liked, and the players now want to practice more to improve their skills.  

"They want to compete. They want to get better. They want to grow as a team, but at the same time I think they have realistic expectations that we're starting something really cool — the first-ever Oakman bowling team," Burson said. "The biggest thing I want them to know and appreciate is how fun it is and that we're doing something as a team, and we're going to get better doing it."

The Oakman bowling team will go on to compete against other teams this year and will play through mid-January.  

According to Burson, the popularity of bowling at the high school level is growing in the state, and he hopes other area schools will consider starting teams as well.

"It has gotten some kids that are not our regular athletes to be on a team, which is really neat to see. Anytime you can get kids that wouldn't normally be involved with stuff, involved, that's a great thing," he said.