CEDAR RAPIDS — A brand-new season means a new and diverse team will take form.
The Xavier girls’ bowling team, lead by Coach Russ Camacho, has started the year off with a bang, winning its first three meets. The team includes five seniors, one junior, two sophomores and freshman Kaitlyn Buenzow.
“I’ve been bowling for seven years,” Buenzow said. “It was my goal to make varsity, but I did not expect it.”
Buenzow knocked down 730 pins in the first four games she played for Xavier.
“My dad and I once won family doubles and my older brother won scotch doubles one year,” Buenzow said.
She made it clear bowling runs in the family, which explains her high scores this season.
“My goal this year is to make it to state,” Buenzow said. “It would be super nice since I’m only a freshman.”
Sophomore Olivia Nolte had a similar experience last year, although she bowled varsity for a shorter amount of time.
“Last year I bowled varsity for one meet,” Nolte said. “That one meet gave me a taste of what the varsity team was like, and pushed me to try really hard. I’d say that all my hard work paid off for this year.”
Nolte is currently on the varsity roster.
“This year I really want to improve my average, and of course get to state,” she said. “Hopefully my 10 to 11 years of bowling will help me with that.”
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With over half of the team consisting of veterans and the newcomers contributing many points to their score, the team has high hopes of getting to state this year.
The Saints take on Prairie on Friday at Lancer Lanes, starting at 4 p.m.