Strikes at Summerville

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Strikes at Summerville

Kassidy Landwehr prepares to roll the bowling ball.

Kassidy Landwehr prepares to roll the bowling ball.

Bryce Catahan, @pinactionphotography

Kassidy Landwehr prepares to roll the bowling ball.

Bryce Catahan, @pinactionphotography

Bryce Catahan, @pinactionphotography

Kassidy Landwehr prepares to roll the bowling ball.

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Kassidy Landwehr may seem like your traditional Summerville High School junior; she hangs out with her friends, participates in school events and struggles to maintain the balance between student and teenager. There is something rather unique about Landwehr in particular, however. She participates in something that most people don’t even realize is a sport; competitive bowling.

Kassidy comes from a family of bowlers: her mom bowled when she was younger and her grandfather was a competitive bowling coach. She prospered from having examples and encouragement from her family at a young age to participate in bowling.

“My family has always been incredibly encouraging towards my bowling, but they also have to remind me about the cost factor sometimes. I would love to do every tournament, but tournaments and travel expenses aren’t cheap,” Landwehr explained, “Some of my family was hesitant at first because I never really committed to a sport before I started bowling, but once they saw my passion, they’ve all been really supportive.”

Bowling has lost some of its following among American youth, other sports like football and soccer becoming very popular however, bowling still remains strong in many parts of europe.The lack of bowling competitors in our area makes Kassidy’s talent that much more of a rarity.

Bowlings popularity as a competitive sport has been in decline with the rise of technology. Football and other more-physical sports have become more accessible and gained a huge following. Teenagers also comprised a majority of the patrons in the heyday of bowling (the mid 1960’s) suddenly had more access to technology as personal electronics lowered in price.

It also doesn’t help that school demands have rises since then, causing the ushering out of the age of hanging out at the bowling alley.

Universities with competitive bowling teams are actively reaching out with offers of scholarships. Muskingum University in Ohio, Kentucky Wesleyan University, Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania, and West Texas A&M are just a few of the many universities interested in recruiting Kassidy for her bowling skills.

“Any coach will tell you that bowling is 90% mental and 10% physical, and that 90% is mainly remembering what works best for your game and focusing on bowling against the pins rather than an opponent because you can’t control how well another person does,” stated Landwehr.

Bowling is also a valuable sport for many children who struggle with physical exercise while still maintaining the competitive and team atmosphere. Bowling is potentially a better option for kids with conditions like asthma that make typical sports like football and soccer difficult.

“Bowling is important to me because, growing up a pretty unathletic kid, it made me realize that I didn’t have to be the strongest or fastest one at a tournament in order to win or even place,” said Landwehr, “It also is a way to win scholarship money for college since youth bowlers are not allowed to accept actual cash.”

Kassidy Landwehr is a inspiration for young bowlers and normal children alike; she is dedicated to her craft, and continues to strive to do her best.

“My ultimate goal right now is to hopefully go pro after college and be a member of team USA and be able to travel the world doing what I love,” Landwehr said.

Surely, this is just the beginning of Landwehr’s bowling career, and her family as well as her supporters are proud to see her current success as well as her dedication to keep bowling in the future.

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