McALESTER — Rita Sanders saw a gap in McAlester High School’s competitive athletic spectrum. There was football and basketball, sure, and softball and baseball, and even track and volleyball.
But no bowling. And that’s risky for a sport that doesn’t naturally pull in as many high school-level athletes as more traditional sports.
“They’re our future,” Sanders said Wednesday. “We want them to enjoy bowling, and we’re hopeful that they will become league bowlers. Some of them will go ahead and go to college, and they have (bowling) scholarships.”
As a volunteer with the Oklahoma chapter of the United States Bowling Congress, Sanders said she spends upwards of 20 hours a week coordinating the McAlester bowling conference. All that work paid off in July, when the Oklahoma USBC named her Volunteer of the Year at their annual Oklahoma USBC Jamboree in Durant.
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