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High school bowling club looking to grow

Members of the first-year Douglas High School Bowling Club are seen during practice this week at Wink's Silver Strike in the Gardnerville Ranchos. David Dickey, the team's head coach, is standing on the left (in back) and assistant coach Allan Powers on the right.
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Like any new team, the Douglas High School Bowling Club expects to experience some growing pains this winter during its inaugural season with the High Desert Interscholastic Bowling Program.

That simply means coach David Dickey isn’t focused on wins and losses so much as he is on working to build a foundation.

“We always go in with the mindset of winning. But with such a young team we are learning on the run,” Dickey said. “We’re going to try and win, but our main objective right now is to learn and have fun.”

While bowling is not a formal Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association sport, the HDIBP consists of club teams representing highs schools in Reno, Sparks, Carson City and now Douglas County. Ten boys and three girls — all students at Douglas High School and ASPIRE Academy — comprise the new team, which is based at Wink’s Silver Strike Lanes in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

The roster includes six seniors, one junior, four sophomores and three freshmen. Dickey, a United States Bowling Congress Bronze coach, is assisted by Allan Powers, a USBC Level I coach.

“We have a good mix, about 50-50 between ASPIRE and Douglas,” Dickey pointed out, adding that homeschool students and students living in the Douglas County portion are welcome to participate in the program. “Eight out of our 14 have never bowled before, however, you learn valuable lessons through adversity.”

Sophomore David Cole is the team leader with his 185 average, including a 201 score in the season opener against Reed. Anthony Hernandez also carries a 151 average and Cassidee Miller is the top girl with her 132 average.

Douglas began its season with a loss on Nov. 21 against Reed at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno. That was followed by a closely contested loss against Hug at the Grand Sierra Resort Bowling Center and then the team faced Bishop Manogue on Wednesday (results were unavailable at press time). The league schedule is now on break until January.

“Even if we don’t have a successful season in terms of wins and losses, I’m excited to get the program up and going,” Dickey said. “And we’ve got some good bowlers from the junior ranks who are going to make us stronger in the future.”

The coach added that the club team — which is responsible for funding its own expenses — has been assisted by $1,800 raised within the community and just last month received a $2,500 grant through the Youth Education Services (YES) Fund. YES is a joint initiative of the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America and USBC

Douglas will host one league match, a Jan. 21 duel against McQueen at Wink’s Silver Strike Lanes.

The season will extend into February when the HDIBP playoffs are held. The championship match is scheduled for Feb. 22 at the National Bowling Stadium.