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Scott’s Bowling Center creates successful bowlers

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  • By Airman 1st Class Amber Kelly-Woodward
  • 375th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office
Three teen-agers who competed at the Illinois High School Association Girls Bowling Tournament this month, and who did well enough to move onto nationals, got their start at Scott's Stars and Strikes Bowling Center. 

The Team Scott family members -- Jessica Kowalski, a freshman at Belleville East High School, Natalie Goodman, a sophmore at O'Fallon Township High School, and Amanda Luckie, a senior at Mascoutah High School -- began bowling through a program called "Hooked to Bowling." 

Jon Kelley, 375th Services Squadron Stars and Strikes Bowling Center manager, explained that Hooked to Bowling is a four-week program for new bowlers or experienced bowlers looking for some tips. 

There's a children's program where they watch eight videos and then practice on the lanes once a week. The adult program is similar, except that it has only four videos.
"The training videos start off like you have never stepped in a bowling alley and then go over every aspect," said Mr. Kelley, a retired senior master sergeant, and a nationally certified coach. He said the videos also incorporates drills, such as using weights to develop muscle memory, to get his point across. 

"Jessica trained here and then left to Hawaii," said Mr. Kelley. "When she came back, one of the first things she did was come to the Bowling Center. Jessica was shy, but used bowling as her outlet." 

Jessica's high school team did not make it to state finals, but she made it as an individual, ranking number 23 in the state. 

"The fact that she's a freshman and has that psychological mind frame is incredible, said Mr. Kelley, who has been working at the Bowling Center for almost 12 years.
"She got better because she wanted to. That's the beauty of bowling, you don't have to be any size or shape, you just need the desire and knowledge of how to make adjustments." 

Natalie was ranked third in the state, but was able to make it to the national division with her whole team.. Amanda also progressed to nationals ranking number 27 in the state.
"We are very pleased and proud of them for taking the things we try to teach and instill in them and making the most out of them," said Mr. Kelley, who also works with Mark Tubb, Kevin Turner and Mike Bullion, who are also certified coaches. 

"Our favorite thing is to see the light go on. At first they're quiet and its awkward and then snap," said Mr. Kelley, snapping his fingers. 

The Bowling Center hosts five Hooked to Bowling sessions a year. The cost is $99 for adults and includes eight hours of training, an entry-level bowling ball with a bag and a towel. The cost is $69 for children under 12 and is similar, except that children receive a plastic bowling ball. 

For more information, visit the Bowling Center or call 256-4054.