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Rhinelander bowling gears up for state tournament

Story By Nathan Meihak
Local Sports Published 03/03/2021 9:22PM, Last Updated 03/03/2021 10:39PM
Rhinelander - When people think of "March" and "Championships" their mind probably goes straight to basketball. But, the Northwoods has a chance to see a different sport take the spotlight in the month of March.

The Rhinelander bowling club is sending four athletes to state on March 5 in Green Bay. For some, bowling is a hobby, but for these kids, it means the world to them.

"Who I am, what I do, what I love to do, it's all because of this team and bowling," said Katrina McCarthy.

"It really is where my friends and family are," said Mackenzie Bourcier. "This is where I've always been so this is like one of my second homes, where all the people I hang out with are."

Like any sport, bowling has taught this group valuable life lessons.

"This sport can give you everything, it can give you the physical game, not only, but it can also give you the mindset of  just having fun," said state qualifier Kody Litzen.

"Communication skills, sportsmanship, and a lot of others too," explained Cody Bednarz.

"I can take it into anything. When I'm stressed at a test, stressed at my job, I learn how to control myself, how to calm down, how to breathe," said McCarthy.

This team has been bowling for awhile, now it's paying off.

"Currently, I've been bowling for seven years," said Bednarz.

"My grandfather and father both bowl and I was given a bowling ball to push down the lane before I could walk," said Bourcier, who's father also coaches the team.

"I started bowling at the age of three. I don't even remember when I started, my dad brought me down," explained Litzen.

"I joined junior league and then I met Kenzie, and Kenzie told me to join the middle school team, and now we're here," said McCarthy of her journey.

The state tournament will begin March 5 and run through the weekend. 

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