Cadillac Bowling Strikes in Inaugural Season
CADILLAC – In its very first year as a varsity sport, the Cadillac boys bowling program is off to a hot start.
The Vikings are undefeated (7-0) in the season so far and are already Big North Conference champions. In addition, the team was also chosen as the December Team of the Month by the MHSAA. According to head coach Jeremy Moore, this doesn’t particularly come as a surprise.
“When we knew we were going to have a bowling team this year, we set our goal for a state championship in the first year, and it’s a pretty lofty goal, but we’ve got the kids that can do it.” Moore said. “If they bowl up to their potential, there’s not a team in the state – Division 1 through 4 that will beat them.”
“These kids have been bowling for close to 10 years, each of them, they’ve been bowling since they were five or six years old in youth leagues. And all of their parents bowl, they’re all really good,” Moore said. “So they’ve been around it. Being around it so much, they’ve just gotten better and better, now, I’d put them up to any adult team in this city, they’re really good.”
The players are also enjoying success during their first season competing.
“Well, it’s actually going really well. We’re undefeated in our conference. We won the Big North Conference our first year every doing it, and we’ve just been bowling our best that we can,” Cadillac junior Tyler Campbell said.
Cadillac sophomore Kyle Vermilyea agreed.
“We knew that we had some talent going into the season but we didn’t know how much everybody else had. So we just wanted to kind of get used to things,” he said.
Despite their high expectations, the squad still has fun with one another while at the lanes.
“They’re excited to be here, I think that they have come together more as a tighter group of friends. They were all friends before but now they’re kind of inseparable,” he said. “They’re always here, they’re always talking about bowling, they’re always researching other teams that they might encounter in the playoffs, so they’re really excited about it and I think its showing.”
The strong chemistry between players is evident.
“These guys are like my family. They’re my best friends. I’ve known them my whole life and we simply just have fun and roll our game,” Vermilyea said.
Although their first year has been positive so far, the team wants to win state in order to gain recognition.
“We aren’t really noticed when we are walking around school. Like they don’t know that we’re the bowling team. But I say if we win states then people are going to know who we are, and they’re going to want to join,” Campbell said.
The Vikings will be back in action this Saturday whey travel to Traverse City to participate in a Great Northwest High School Bowling Conference matchup. It will take place at 8 a.m.