Allie Shaw of Gulfport, right foreground, a ninth-grader at Boca Ciega High School, gets focused while Mark Farr of St. Petersburg, a senior, left, prepares to release the ball at a high school bowling team tryout Tuesday, August 30 at Ten Pins Lane in St. Petersburg; Braun Zimmermann of St. Petersburg, also a ninth grader, watches at right rear. Although bowling is a club sport not officially affiliated with the high school, the three students said they relish the chance to participate.
“I love bowling!” said Shaw, who is also in the high school’s Junior ROTC’s Raiders program and the bowling alley’s regular team. Zimmermann, who also bowls with the Bombers, a Pinellas County youth club, said he considers bowling his ticket to a college scholarship and an engineering or computer science degree.
“Bowling is practically my whole life,” he said. “I don’t do anything else.”
Farr said he loved bowling as a child and decided to get back into it. “It’s my favorite sport,” he said. “I like the sound of the ball hitting the pins.”
Allie highly recommended bowling for anyone at any skill level. “If you have anger, you can let it go through that. You can also have fun. … It’s a way to communicate with others.”