(Fri) October 13, 2006
(Waianae High School)
Being on Coach Lei Collins bowling team requires the students to put a lot of time and effort into practices.
The team practices at Barbers Point working on their arm swings, hitting marks, and listening skills. The benefits of practicing is exercising, having fun and being competitive. According to Coach Collins, students have a hard time getting to practices but have no problem getting to games on buses.
"I like coaching because of the kids and I just love the sport," Collins said. She has been coaching Bowling for ten years because she loves to share what she knows and she fell in love with the sport.
Students played their first game on September 5 in Aiea against Kapolei. In league play, 5 to 8 students bowl at a time. The average scores range from 120 to 170.
Junior Nicholas Manibog has been on the bowling team for three years. "I like being an inspiration to others," Manibog said. He joined bowling because of his friends. He goes to practice three times a week and also practices on his own time at Barbers Point.
"Being on the bowling team is fun but it is not like outside league," Manibog said.
Senior Leimomi Kekoa is another bowler on Coach Collins team. She has been on the team for one year. "I wanted to try something new," she said. Kekoa likes being on the bowling team because its fun to go to games and practices. You also get the chance to meet a lot of new people. She also practices on her own time at Leeward Bowl to prepare her for the games.
"I wasn't so good at bowling when I first started but I practiced and took my coach's advice," she said.
Collins tries to make sure that her students are having fun and getting good exercise, regardless of the score.