Geneseo bowling coach Michael Ostrowski has been bowled over by the response to join the bowling team this year.

Geneseo bowling coach Michael Ostrowski has been bowled over by the response to join the bowling team this year.

After becoming an official school sport this year, the boys’ bowling team has tripled the number team members and the girls’ bowling team has nearly doubled its numbers from last season.

The Geneseo bowling team had worked its way up over the past several years from a club to a club team and now an official school sport starting this season.

Last season, the bowling team was considered a club team which granted them all the same perks as any other high school team, but meant the team had to fund itself rather than the school.

With the school backing the team, the bowling teams enjoy all the same perks as last year in addition to the school working with the booster club from a financial standpoint.

Ostrowski thinks becoming an official school sport has helped bring up the numbers with a large group of underclassmen coming out to Lee’s Lanes to compete.

While not all have a high level of experience, Ostrowski has seen many fully committing to being focused on improving. They’ve also committed to the sport through investing in their own bowling balls and shoes.

“They have fallen in love with it,” Ostrowski said. “At practice, they told me they didn’t know what to do with themselves because they weren’t at practice (on the team’s night off).”

With a bump in numbers, Coach Ostrowski along with assistants Dave Littig and Denny Lynch can now field JV teams to compete in tournaments as well which give everyone a chance to compete.

This season will also include a full conference schedule which will allow Geneseo to compete at the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference meet.

Geneseo has competed in the past at the NIB 12 meet but just as an exhibition which didn’t allow them to place.

“It’s an opportunity to win conference titles and opportunity for individual conference champions,” Ostrowski said. “It will all be right there in front of us for the kids to go after.”

After qualifying for sectionals with a fourth-place finish at regionals last year, Ostrowski said the team has already set the bar high for itself this season.

“The absolute bottom thing they should accept is a return to sectionals,” Ostrowski said. “Anything less than that, and they will all be disappointed.”

The Lady Leafs’ Rachel Clementz will captain the team after leading the Lady Leafs with a high-six game series at both regionals and sectionals last season.

On the boys’ side, Geneseo has Kyler Rusk, Kyle Cones and Braden Keller set to return from last season.

“If we can get some of these new guys to step up and do a good job the boys as a team will have a very successful season,” Ostrowski said. “Those three returning guys will really have an opportunity if they hit their stride at the right time.”

Lady Leafs’ bowling schedule

Nov. 25    Rock Island Invite (V&JV)    Highland Park Bowl, Moline    9 a.m.
Nov. 28    Yorkville at Geneseo    Lee’s Lanes    4:30 p.m.
Dec. 2    Geneseo at Kewanee Invite    Dura Bowl    9 a.m.
Dec. 4    Geneseo at Mendota    Elk’s Lodge    4 p.m.
Dec. 5    Geneseo at Ottawa    Dettore’s Downtown Lanes    4 p.m.
Dec. 9    Geneseo at United Township Invite    TBA    9:30 a.m.    
Dec. 12    DeKalb at Geneseo    Lee’s Lanes    4 p.m.
Dec. 14    Geneseo at Kaneland    TBA    4 p.m.
Dec. 16    DeKalb Holiday Invite (V&JV)     Mardi Gras Lanes    8:15 a.m.
Dec. 29    GHS Holiday Invitational    Lee’s Lanes    9 a.m.
Jan. 4    Sterling at Geneseo    Lee’s Lanes    4 p.m.
Jan. 11    Geneseo at Morris (V&JV)    Echo Lanes    4 p.m.
Jan. 13    Geneseo at Moline Invite (V&JV)    Highland Park Bowl    9 a.m.
Jan. 15    Geneseo at Sterling Invite    Blackhawk Lanes    9 a.m.
Jan. 17    Geneseo at LaSalle-Peru    Super Bowl, Peru    4 p.m.
Jan. 23    Rochelle at Geneseo    Lee’s Lanes    4 p.m.
Jan. 27    Geneseo at Dixon Tournament    Plum Hollow, Dixon    9 a.m.
Jan. 29    Sycamore at Geneseo    Lee’s Lanes    4 p.m.
Jan. 30    Oregon at Geneseo    Lee’s Lanes    4 p.m.
Feb. 1    NIB 12 Conference (Morris hosts)    TBA    TBA

Maple Leafs bowling schedule

Nov. 9    DeKalb at Geneseo     Lee’s Lanes    4 p.m.
Nov. 11    Leroy Lohman Invitational    Lee’s Lanes    9 a.m.
Nov. 13    Yorkville at Geneseo     Lee’s Lanes    4 p.m.
Nov. 14    Geneseo at Rochelle (Varsity & JV)    T-Byrd Lanes    4 p.m.    
Nov. 18    Geneseo at Rockford Guilford Invite    Don Carter Lanes    12:30 p.m.
Nov. 21    LaSalle-Peru at Geneseo     Lee’s Lanes    4 p.m.
Nov. 30    Geneseo at Sycamore    Four Seasons, Sycamore    4 p.m.  
Dec. 4    Mendota at Geneseo     Lee’s Lanes    4 p.m.
Dec. 6    Geneseo at LaSalle-Peru    Super Bowl, Peru    4 p.m.  
Dec. 9    Geneseo at Cavalier Bowling Classic    Super Bowl, Peru    TBA    
Dec. 12    Geneseo at DeKalb    Mardi Gras Lanes    4 p.m.
Dec. 14    Geneseo at Yorkville (Varsity & JV)     Yorkville Bowl Bowling Center    4 p.m.    
Dec. 16    Geneseo at Freeport Tournament    4 Seasons Bowling, Freeport    10 a.m.  
Dec. 18    Sycamore at Geneseo    Lee’s Lanes    4 p.m.  
Dec. 30    Dixon Toughman Tournament    Plum Hollow, Dixon    9 a.m.
Jan. 4    Rochelle at Geneseo     Lee’s Lanes    4 p.m.
Jan. 10    Ottawa at Geneseo     Lee’s Lanes    4 p.m.
Jan. 11    NIB 12 Conference (DeKalb hosts)    Mardi Gras Lanes    TBA

Lady Leafs’ bowling roster

Seniors: Rachel Clementz and Melanie Parker.
Juniors: Emily Pobanz, Eva Carleton, Molly McGill, Adi Nesbitt and Delaney Ostrowski.
Sophomores: Karis Ostrowski, Grace Moore, Emma Kass, Brooke Sproston,  Lexi Matthews and Maddie Schlicht.
Freshmen: Breann Keller, Jenah Hart and Miranda Roemer.


Maple Leafs’ bowling roster

Seniors: Kyler Rusk and Kody Brower.
Juniors: Kyle Cones, Braeden Keller, Logan Munoz, Austin Baldwin, Alex McAvoy and Trevor Shipman.
Sophomores: Ethan Welfer, Tyler Whipple, Kyle Hofer and Jack Sellers.
Freshmen: Sebastian Einfeldt, Tyler Durnell, Kaden Splear, Jacob Endress, Aidan Grafft, Justin Ford, Aidan Bushre, Carson McKeag, Ethan Rubrecht and Riley DeCock.