High School Bowlers Looking to NSAA for Recognition

By: Dan Koob Email
By: Dan Koob Email

Area bowling teams have had no choice but to participate as clubs, but they say enough is enough. They want to be recognized by the Nebraska School Athletic Association as a sanctioned sport and participate for their school.

The NSAA requires any proposal to go through three stages. Introduced in a November meeting, then further debated in a January meeting, before being ratified in an April representative assembly.

The sport made an attempt three years ago, but Butch Hogan said he was bowled over by Athletic Directors not willing to back it.

"We follow all NSAA rules now, anything that changes, we make changes with them. We're something that's already in place that won't need a lot of policing in the school systems once it gets approved and into the schools," said Hogan.

N-S-A-A Assistant Sirector Jim Angele said the only way for bowling to be recognized is for an athletic director to introduce legislation in the November meetings. No one did. So the sport and it's players, will have to wait.

St. Cecelia Senior Kaley Hodgen won't see her team compete in sanctioned state tournaments, no matter how many pins she drops.

She said she's taking the circumstances in stride.

"None of us are extremely good bowlers, so it's mostly just for fun," she said.

I think it should be recognzied to reward the kids, they're working hard. It's something they can do for the rest of their lives you can't always play football, you can't always play basketball but you can always bowl," said Joe Vanderpall, head coach of the St. Cecelia's Mens team.

But Hogan, the owner of Pastime Lanes, who provide a place to bowl and practice for area teams like Hastings, St. Cecelia and Adams Central, said they are gearing up for another run.

And Athletic Directors around Central Nebraska, he said, have pledged their allegaince.

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