The Cats Take On Districts

Millard West Has Prepared All For This Moment.


Noah Walls, Staff Writer

The Wildcats Unified Bowling team walked into Western Bowl ready to compete. They had spent the entire season at meets and practice: Districts

The District Championship took place towards the end of November and the team was hoping to bring home a Gold Plaque with a first place finish. After a hard fought battle against MIllard North, Millard South, Westside, Ralston and more, the Wildcats ended the season in fourth place finish in the District 2 Championship. After a hard fought battle The Wildcats ended the season in 4th place in the District 2 Championship.

“After having practice twice a week I felt like we were very prepared for Districts,” sophomore Jacob Parkman said. “We had a long season which helped us in the end.”

Over the summer, the Unified bowling team kicked off the season with a Special Olympic Unified Bowling Camp. This camp allowed the squad to bond as a team and get a first look at what the season will look like.

Tryouts were held at the beginning of November before the official season started. Partners were selected and expected to help out the team in anyway possible, including instructing others how to bowl and contributing points to the final score.

A team for competition is made up of two athletes and three partners with one athlete and two partners bowling at a time, Coach Jan Lehms said. “These students now do things together outside of bowling, like they may go to a movie together.”

The season officially kicked off as the Wildcats took on the Patriots and Mustangs in the “MIllard Cup”, ending in a second place finish behind the Mustangs.

Next, the Wildcats then took on the Ralston Rams winning in a one sided battle with a the final score of 1586-998. Defeating Ralston was just the momentum booster the team needed going into their next meet which was a Dodger Bowl Tournament including schools like Grand Island, North Bend, Bancroft-Rosalie and more.

After winning the first match of the North Bend Central Invite, the Wildcats fell to a loss in the second match finishing Third place overall. Receiving third place gave the Wildcats their first ever medal, and a great way to end the regular season and head to Districts.

“My overall thought of the season was that it was very eventful,” Parkman said. “We had over 90 team members which shows how involved Millard West is in Unified Sports.”

Districts capped off a successful season for the Unified Bowling team who has already started preparing for the next season.