After a two-year absence, bowling is back at Rhinelander High School. The Wisconsin High School Bowling Club offers competition in bowling for students in grades 9 through 12 at participating high schools. A club has been formed at Rhinelander High School and co-ops with Three Lakes High School to give students a chance to compete in bowling.
Wisconsin High School Bowling Club members must abide by all eligibility rules set by both the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) and the WIAA, and follows the winter sporting season set by the WIAA. Eligibility for the Rhinelander bowling club follows all the rules and requires the students to be members of the Hodag Lanes Junior Program.
The club isn’t affiliated with either the WIAA or Rhinelander High School, so no funding or commitment from either is received and all expenses are met through fund raisers and donations from individuals and businesses.
Students pay a participation fee and must provide their own transportation to the meets, which are held Sundays from November to March. There are 10 meets, a conference meet at the District 9 level comprised of Central Wisconsin clubs and a state meet for all districts.
Hodag Lanes allows the club to use the bowling center for practices and the meet that will be held there Jan. 6. Students must supply their own equipment. The club will supply the uniforms and equipment maintenance with the help of Rick’s Pro Shop.
Mike Bourcier, a bronze-level certified coach with USBC, and John Strauss, bowling manager at Hodag Lanes, donate coaching services.
Front row, from left: Kimmy Czekus, Sean Russell, Braeden Bell and Justin Cline. Back row: Alex Selig, Tommy Strauss, Coach Mike Bourcier and Coach John Strauss.