Two teams unite as bowling and football partake in a pin rocking gathering


Grace Cronin

Mustangs girls’ bowling teaches boys’ football the ropes of their sport at Fox Bowl last Monday.

Grace Cronin, Sports Reporter

Team bonding made high spirits at the Fox Bowl Bowling rink as the girls’ bowling team taught the boys’ football team how to bowl this past Monday. High fives, celebrations, and cheering was seen as everyone had a good time meeting new people, and learning how challenging the game of bowling actually is. 

“With a lot of male sports, they do not see the other side of things and how hard this is,” varsity football head coach John Parpet said. “It opens up their views on things and gives them new opportunities. Getting them talking and having fun [made] them realize how much they really have in common.”

As the football season is beginning to wind down and the girls’ bowling team prepares for their season, everyone coming together to bowl allows for school bonding. Friendly competitions happened over who could get the highest score, as well as, fighting over the pizzas. Although the boys might have had more plays; the girls’ bowling team scored the best in their rounds with scores in the 100s while the boys usually were below the 100s in the mid-50s.

“The goal was for the boys and the two teams to intermix and to just have a good time,” head coach Kristen Mansmith said. “Many times we do not have those opportunities, so it was coach Parpet all the way who wanted to do this.”

Everyone was able to learn a lot from this event in the boys’ bowling ability to improve with the girls teaching them how to properly throw the ball and aim. The boys were also able to improve their skills of throwing strikes and spares. The football players saw how much harder bowling really was.

“Being able to actually do it and hitting strikes was just cool because I never knew I could do that,” senior football player Jake Stredder said.

The football team has their last game before conference against Naperville Central this Friday. Also there is an informational meeting for boys’ bowling on Oct. 14 and for girls on Oct. 21 in H101.