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By Shannon Mulcahey, Xavier junior
CEDAR RAPIDS – Participating in sports through high school is a great way to make friends and improve skills.
Many student-athletes have the opportunity to play junior varsity and varsity and the experience to shift between teams improves each player. This also gives the chance for players to get close to all their teammates.
Juniors Sam Hart and Nick Terfler have bounced between junior varsity and varsity bowling. Hart said he gets to have a fun during his involvement with the junior varsity and appreciates the game, but he also enjoys the pressure of varsity. During practices, there are face-offs between the junior varsity bowlers to see who will be able to earn the coveted open varsity spot
“Varsity has a great competitive atmosphere and you need that once in a while,” Hart said.
The girls’ team also has members who bounce between junior varsity and varsity, including junior Haley Jensen and sophomore Kayla Thompson. Both are positive contributors to the team. Thompson ended with a 285 series at the meet against Linn-Mar on Jan. 18 and improved her game against Cedar Rapids Jefferson on Jan. 25, with a series of 299. Xavier beat Linn-Mar, 2430-2347, but lost to Jefferson, 2767-2611, even with senior Tara Trcka’s series of 411.
Jensen bowled a 363 series to help Xavier to a 2827-2805 win over Waterloo West on Feb. 1 in Waterloo.