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These Xavier seniors took different routes to bowling team

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High school bowlers find their way to the lanes in a variety of ways. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
High school bowlers find their way to the lanes in a variety of ways. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Breakfast, bets and bowling.

You never know what will attract someone to a sport and to join the team.

“I joined because my sister got a job as a cook at a Marion bowling (center) when I was 10, so I joined a league there,” Cedar Rapids Xavier senior Ella Schrader said. “I would get breakfast from her afterward.”

Schrader, one of four returning state qualifiers, isn’t quite sure about that breakfast part, however.

“Now that I think about it, I don’t think I ever got any breakfast from her,” she said.

Fellow senior Sarah Langholz picked up the game for other reasons.

“I joined bowling as a bet with my sister my freshman year,” she said. “I miss being on the team with her.”

Langholz said her favorite moment on the Saints’ team was when she wore a red, sequin-covered cowgirl belt to one of her bowling meets.

“My coach was so mad, but everyone else loved it,” she said. “We debated on if I should wear the belt and be in dress code or not wear it and be a violator of the rules.”

Bowlers must wear a uniform specific to their high school.

Bowling practices are held twice a week for about two hours. Meets are once or twice a week, including Saturday’s Mississippi Valley Conference Mississippi Division meet at Lancer Lanes.

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