Members of the Alexandria adapted bowling team look forward to their spring season as much as any athlete out there, so the Cardinals are ready to go after having the season canceled in 2020.
“Our bowlers have been waiting for the season to start since last spring, so to say our bowlers are ready to roll would be an understatement,” head coach Wade Traphagen said. “We are bringing back a very passionate group of kids this year.”
The Cardinals have four seniors on the team in Liam Olson, Evan Larson, Robert Goor and Grace Johannes. They are part of an entire roster made up of 19 athletes this spring.
Goor, Olson, Larson, Johannes, Sebastian Billings, Trenton Tuey, Joe Mello, Lizzie Floden, and Logan Usher all return with prior experience.
“We have strong upperclassmen leadership with a good deal of state tournament experience,” Traphagen said. “We also have a lot of potential in our younger bowlers, so getting them as many reps as possible is essential.”
Bowlers across the state will not have a qualifying round to determine which athletes make the state tournament at the end of the season. The state tournament will also be a virtual meet due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Traphagen wants to make sure coaches get 100% out of their athletes every day so they can enjoy the entire experience of being back this season.
“As we found out last year, it can all get taken away in the blink of an eye,” Traphagen said. “We will take nothing for granted and need to make the most out of every opportunity that is presented…(We’ll) make sure we stay consistent with our approach, timing, and delivery. We will need to redevelop good habits after almost a year away from the game.”
2021 ALEXANDRIA ADAPTED BOWLING
ROSTER - SENIORS - Liam Olson, Evan Larson, Robert Goor, Grace Johannes; JUNIORS - Sebastian Billings, Rebecca Breezee, Jon Hanson; SOPHOMORES - Morrigan Reinke,Trenton Tuey, Joe Mello; FRESHMEN - Cheyenne Reinke, Lizzie Floden, Montana Hinnenkamp, Shon Platt Jr, Logan Usher; 8TH GRADE - Alexander Billings; 7TH GRADE - Hannah Johnson, Kassidy Lea
COACHES - Head coach - Wade Traphagen - 10th season; Assistant coach - Sean Foster
ALEXANDRIA ADAPTED BOWLING SCHEDULE
April 6 vs. Albany
April 8 vs. Moorhead
April 13 vs. Anoka Hennepin
April 15 vs. New London-Spicer
April 20 vs. East Grand Forks
April 22 vs. Lake City
April 27 Alexandria Invite
April 29 vs. Albany
May 4 vs. Austin-Moorhead
May 6 vs. Princeton-Mankato West