Bowling team looking to strike down the competition


Photo: Kayla Martens

Varsity Bowling junior, Amanda Bennett, follows through on her throw to contribute to her team’s score.

Fairmont’s bowling team expects nothing less than to make another deep run in the state tournament and Head Coach Rex Wolfe has nothing but high aspirations for this season.

Wolfe has been bowling for his entire life. “I’ve been coaching bowling for over 25 years and have been the Kettering Fairmont head coach for 8,” Wolfe said.

Wolfe respects how the sport has been developed here at Fairmont. “Fairmont was one of the first high schools to start a bowling program, even before the OHSAA recognized bowling as a sport,” Wolfe said. “Fairmont has provided high school bowling since 2000.”

For all the years bowling has been apart of the athletic department, the team has seen much success. Hunter Schlegel, a junior on the varsity bowling team has experienced a lot of success in his years on the team.“Our boys team has been to state more times than any other team[8],” Schlegal said. And the girls team has made it to state three times.

The players have flourished under the excellent coaching staff. “My wife, Tracy, and I were youth directors for the Greater Dayton United States Bowling Congress, and youth directors for the Saturday morning youth program at Fairmont’s home house Poelking Woodman when the head coach position became available,” Wolfe said. “I applied for the position and got the job.”

A year later, Wolfe brought on his wife as the assistant head coach.

Schlegel has nothing but praise for Fairmont’s coaching staff. “They’re probably one of the best, if not the best coaches, in GWOC and the state.”

This season Coach Wolfe’s plans remain unchanged. “Our goals stay the same,” Wolfe said. “We want to have fun, work hard and learn, be successful, and win a state title.”

Amanda Bennett, a junior on the girl’s varsity bowling team, agrees with Coach Wolfe’s aspirations. She thinks the team has a lot of potential. “This year we have people who have bowled their whole lives and then we have people that haven’t even bowled for fun,” Bennett said.

Bennett, who’s been on the bowling team for three years, started when she was young. “My whole family bowls,” Bennett said. “And I’ve been bowling since I was five.”

Bennett stresses that this sport is something that many grow up around, whether their parents or other family members were on teams or played in leagues.

“A lot of people that go into bowling grew up around it and it’s a sport they love,” Bennett said.

Schlegel is one of those people. He began bowling at age seven and hasn’t stopped since. “My brother bowled in high school, so I kept it going,” he said, “I just love the sport.”

Schlegel is eager to play against some of the better teams. “Centerville is our biggest rival. We’ve bowled against those guys for awhile, so it’s always a good match up for us.”

Bennett admires the practices and tournaments and really enjoys the fun the bowling team has. “We’re like a family,” she said.

“My favorite thing is being able to interact with my friends on our team and the ones playing against us,” Schlegel said.

Like a family, the team works together and relies on one another to succeed. Coach Wolfe see’s their success as a reflection of the team’s effort and commitment.
“Our athletes’ determination to be students of the game, to become the best, most versatile players they can be and to have a lot of fun doing it is what makes us the successful team we are,” Wolfe said.