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Bowling Program History & Philosophy
In the 2018-2019 Bowling Season, the De Smet Jesuit Bowling Team finished 2nd in the Missouri State High School Central Division, among 17 teams. This was an improvement from our 4th place finish in the 2017-18 season. The 2019-20 team members are Justin Kennedy (Jr.), Jeremy Kinealy (Sr.), Shane Concannon (So.), Benjamin Kinealy (Fr.), Kalle Evjen (Fr.), Frank Marcallini (Fr.) and Madeline Fenili (Jr. Nerinx Hall). Because bowling is a "club sport", bowlers attending a high school without a bowling team are able to participate with schools like De Smet Jesuit. Likewise, Benjamin Kinealy and Frank Marcallini bowled for De Smet Jesuit as eighth graders.
Bowling is a no-cut sport that employs a handicap system to allow new bowlers to compete alongside more experienced bowlers. Joining the De Smet Jesuit Bowling Team is a great way to have fun, improve your game, and earn a varsity letter. The bowling season runs from October through March. The matches are against St. Louis area public and private schools and are contested at various bowling centers throughout St. Louis County.
Practices: Tuesdays after school (4:00-6:00) at Olivette Lanes. Rides from school will have to be arranged between the parents, coaches, and bowlers who drive to school. There is no cost for practice.
Matches: Usually on Sundays, with an occasional Saturday match. Cost for the matches are $3 per game, with each match consisting of 3 games. Shoe rental fees vary among bowling centers. The $3 cost includes fees for awards for the bowlers, shirts, and scholarship money. There is limited college scholarship money available to those who qualify. For more details, visit the Mid-America High School Bowling website at www.stlbca.com.
Coaches: Melvin Kennedy, Phone (314-550-7835); Email email@example.com
Brian Fenili, Phone (314-945-9444); Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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