Seniors on the Alexandria adapted bowling team have a special honor when they reach their final season with the Cardinals in that they get to represent their program as captains.
It’s something these athletes look forward to from the time they come into the program, often as 7th-graders who then spend six years on this team. Alex Eggert, Mercedes Nelson, Jett Thurston, Jenica Bostock and Marcus Decker are the five student-athletes who missed out on that opportunity this season after the spring season was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Echo Press reached out to all five seniors. For those who responded, this story is a chance to recognize them with a piece centered around four questions: Why do they compete in bowling? What do they miss most about it this spring? What is a favorite memory from competing? What are their future plans after high school, and do they plan on competing again?
(Editor’s note: Look for more stories like this highlighting seniors from area teams both online and within print issues of the Echo Press in the coming weeks.)
Why he bowls: Because I enjoy bowling and being with friends and teammates.
What he misses most: Not going bowling and not being able to see my friends and teammates.
Favorite memory: Having fun with everyone on the bowling team like doing bowling, enjoying our day off of bowling, and going to state for bowling.
Future plans: Enjoying my break off of school and restart my learning days when break is over. I would like to keep bowling for fun.
Why she bowls: I love being on the bowling team because it was a chance for me to meet new people.
What she misses most: I miss being able to see my bowling friends and also the helpers that are there to help with the team every week.
Favorite memory: I enjoyed going to the state bowling tournament every year in Brooklyn Center. I remember being challenged every season to get a “turkey” and the dance other teammates did when they completed the task.
Future plans: I plan on going to the Transition Center in Alexandria after leaving high school. I plan on helping next year with adaptive bowling and plan on bowling as long as I can.
Why she bowls: Because I enjoy bowling. It is fun and I like winning medals during our matches.
What she misses most: I miss not being able to hang out and bowl with my friends.
Favorite memory: Getting strikes and winning a few medals at the state tournament.
Future plans: I will be attending the Transition Center for school. I will continue to bowl in the future. I would like to come back next spring and help the adapted bowling team.
Why he bowls: I love getting along with other teenagers who also have special needs.
What he misses most: Competing against other bowling teams and going to state and practicing with my teammates.
Favorite memories: Getting and giving high fives when we get strikes. That is cool! Also, winning competitions at state, both individual and team. I also enjoy bagging (groceries) at Elden’s (Fresh Foods) in Alexandria with my teammates to raise money for the adaptive bowling organization.
Future plans: My future plans are to study music (piano) in the arts program at college. Depending on what is happening with the Covid-19, I will have to see how it can be accomplished. I hope to keep bowling casually, depending on what classes I will be getting in the spring of next year.