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By Kayla Thompson, Xavier sophomore
CEDAR RAPIDS – Most high school bowlers never get to experience the feeling of competing at the state meet.
Xavier senior Tara Trcka is seeking her fourth state tournament in a row in 2012-13.
“My biggest accomplishment was winning state my sophomore year,” Trcka said.
She won the individual state Class 1A title with a 674 series, or total pins, from three games. Three pins separated Trcka from second place. In addition to the title, she also was named the female bowler of the year.
“It was a good feeling,” said Tom Trcka, Tara’s father and the person who taught her the sport. “I was very proud.
“She listens to me. I’ve proven to her that my suggestions work so she trusts me.”
Bowling is a family sport in the Trcka family. Tara started bowling at the age of 3 and Tom has been bowling for about 37 years.
“I worked in a bowling center and I got interested, but I have always liked it,” Tom said. Now he owns May City Bowl in Cedar Rapids and is an assistant coach for Xavier’s bowling team.
Along with the state title, Trcka has earned many other accomplishments, including being named Athlete of the Week as a freshman. In the 2011-2012 season, she was named Athlete of the Year on the All-Metro team and the Valley Division of the Mississippi Valley Conference.
Her freshman year, she placed 10th in the state meet with 556 pins, and her junior year she placed eighth with 579.
This year she has been off to a good start. The girls’ varsity team is 2-0. During the first meet against Waterloo East, she bowled a 461 series and, against Iowa City West, she bowled a 392 series.
It looks like the pins are lining up for Trcka to make another striking appearance at state.