Mike Ostrowski and Denny Lynch knew they were going to get approval to take the next step in making Geneseo bowling a part of the high school landscape.

Mike Ostrowski and Denny Lynch knew they were going to get approval to take the next step in making Geneseo bowling a part of the high school landscape.

This season marks the first year the Geneseo Bowling Club was granted the team status allowing them to host invites and compete in dual meets with other boys and girls bowling teams around the area.

Once the team status was granted Ostrowski went to work trying to find gaps in other teams’ schedules to get them to add a stop in Geneseo this season.

The Geneseo boy’s team opened the season by hosting the Lee Lohman Memorial Invitational at Lee’s Lanes on Nov. 12.

Ostrowski sees even bigger things down the road as the team tries to become more than a club in the coming years.

“It is important we show well in these tournaments we are hosting because (Lee’s Lanes) is big enough to hold a regional,” Ostrowski said. “We can get our name in the hat for regionals in the future.”

The struggle to start the season for Geneseo is adding more bowlers to the team.

Currently, the club is a few bodies short of filling out a JV squad on the boy’s side.

An aspect of earning team status that excites Lynch and Ostrowski the most is the prospect of competing at regionals and sectionals as a team instead of having each bowler competing as an individual.

“We were only able to bowl four boys at regionals as individuals,” Ostrowski said. “If our team score was counted we would have finished fifth against schools that were all able to have five bowlers scoring.

“Just 100 pins from each game would have allowed us to advance as a team.”

Lynch has had a hand in coaching most of the bowlers on the team, but the club is looking to add bowlers in each grade class to sustain success.

The next hurdle for the team will be dipping their toes into competition at the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference meet. The past two seasons Geneseo has competed as an exhibition team, but NIB 12 teams will need time to adjust their schedules to make room for conference duals against Geneseo.

“The coaches we encountered in the last two years have been nothing but accommodating,” Ostrowski said. “They have provided pointers and tips and guided us, and other coaches, like Jim Braet and the Rock Island program, have rolled out the red carpet for us.”

Lady Leafs' bowling roster

Seniors: Katelynn Bowton and Camarie Meuller.
Junior: Rachel Clementz.
Sophomores: Ellarie Barrett, Mackenzie Bowton, Belle Hart, Emily Henson,
Delaney Ostrowski and Emily Pobanz.
Freshmen: Grace Moore and Emma Kass.

Maple Leafs' bowling roster

Seniors: Alex Williams, Jacob Verplaetse, Ben Cosgrave, Jamieson Chapman, Conner LeGrand and Braden Ries.
Juniors: Trent Schulz and Kyler Rusk.
Sophomores: Kyle Cones and Braden Keller.