Morris Community High School senior bowler Savannah Strange had barely picked up a bowling ball before her freshman year. Now she’s helping lead the Redskins keglers from out front.
With the DeKalb Tournament today and the Charles Butterfield Invitational held in Morris at Echo Lanes next Saturday, the MDH caught up with Strange to ask how things were going with the team this winter.
Q. The expectations coming into the season and where the team is at now, have they been met?
A. They have. I think that everyone has tried everything and met their goals. I think we are also more confident this year than we were the past couple of years.
Q. Do you think that is the biggest difference then?
A. Yes, it’s our confidence. Definitely.
Q. How does a team improve on that? How does a team practice it?
A. It’s more a mental state. I think it’s more in your head and you have to build on it. That’s it more than anything else. That and work with your teammates. If they are doing anything wrong, you need to tell them and work with them that way, too.
Q. So, if you are at a tournament and you see a teammate dropping their hand or something like that, how hard is it to coach them up and not be critical?
A. It can be hard because you have girls that, if they do bad, that is where their heads are at. They get down all the time and it can be hard to correct them because of that. Other than that, it’s about trying to keep the team in a happy mood and tell them to get it next frame. Because that can make everything change.
Q. How long have you been bowling now?
A. Since my freshman year.
Q. Four years now? You mean you didn’t bowl as a kid when you were little?
A. I did a little bit, but then my mom told me I needed to do a sport. She made me do it, so I came in as a freshman to join the team with a house ball.
Q. So you had never played a sport ever?
A. Basketball. That’s about it.
Q. So you had some competitive experiences then. How does bowling stack up as a competitive sport?
A. I think that bowling is challenging. It’s challenging to yourself and you want to get better.
It’s one of those sports where you know that there are people out there who are better than you that you want to beat.
Q. Right now Morris has the DeKalb Tournament this weekend and then the Morris Invitational next weekend. Before you know it, regionals are going to be there. How do you look at this point in the schedule, in particular the Morris Tournament, in terms of expectations? Are there goals set for it?
A. Our goal is to win it because this is our tournament. We want to take over rather than have Oswego or Oswego East or even Minooka come in here and win it.
Q. Finally, for this team to have the season be considered a success, what has to happen between now and the end of the year?
A. We all have to work together. That’s it. If we don’t work together there is not going to be anything there.
Q. So what is this team capable of realistically?
A. I think we could get to state. If we all put our heads to it and not get upset if someone has one bad game, we should stay confident because we can win the sectional and get to state.