Allison Croegaert was one of the top EP Bowlers this season.

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10:03 AM February 04, 2019

Submitted by Coach Chad Miner


One of the reason that the Erie and Prophetstown school districts voted to approve a co-op that would include all extra-curricular activities was to give students additional opportunities by introducing activities that were previously not offered.  One of the new activities that was voted in by students was bowling.  Despite the lack of a bowling alley in either district the EP Co-op Board of Control worked out the details and gave an opportunity to 25 students, of which the vast majority had not previously participated in an activity.  The team practiced at Hill Top lanes in Morrison three days a week and made huge strides during the season according to coaches Chad Miner and Angie Howell.  


The inaugural boys and girls E/P Panthers bowling season concluded on January 21st, with the girls participating in the MLK Invite hosted by Sterling. The girls competed in this tournament and 5 other meets against athletes from Oregon, Kewanee, Sterling, and St. Bede. The boys competed in meets against Oregon, Sterling, and St. Bede. 


The inaugural season was completed as a club sport and the hope is to become an IHSA sport for the 2019 - 2020 school year. The two school boards will discuss this topic in the coming months and make a decision.


The girls were lead by Alison Croegaert with a season average of 130 while the boys were lead by Jaron Gibson and Tyler Nipper with averages of 141 and 136 respectively. High game honors went to Sydney Melton for the girls with a 218 game while the boys high game honor went to Michael Miner with a 245 game. The most improved bowler for the season was Berkley Eggers who increased her established average by 42% throughout the season. 

Members of the E/P Panthers boys bowling team were (Seniors) Tyler Nipper, Nevin Rosenow, Gavin Alden, and Kyle Reynolds; (Junior) Jaron Gibson; (Sophomores) Lucca Sweetser, Arthur Dersham, Dominic Jordan, Wyatt Sherman, Dennis Martin, Ryan Rice, Seth Copeland, Jacob Finley, Alex Zayas, and Andrew Schipper; (Freshman) Michael Miner, Austin Burger-Owens, and Brian Wayne.

Members of the E/P Panthers girls bowling team were (Sophomores) Alison Croegaert, Sydney Melton, and Berkley Eggers; (Freshman) Kerie Battaglia and Mysti Moody. 


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