For the bowling program at St. Catharine College there is good news – and there is more good news. Second year coach Larry Luvisi welcomes back all five bowlers from the men’s team that last year finished fifth in the nation in NAIA. And Luvisi predicts that the new recruits coming in will challenge all five returnees for starting spots.
The good news continues for the women, too, as eight bowlers will be on the roster for the 2011-2012 season. “We have at least five quality bowlers in that group,” said Luvisi.
Bowling is still recognized as an “emerging sport” in the NAIA and will not become a full-fledged sport until 2013. But the St. Catharine men showed they were emerging as well last year with the impressive showing at the national tournament in Indianapolis. They went 4-2 in the double elimination format. Their two losses were to Davenport College and William Penn who finished as champion and runner-up.
“We have been able to recruit many of the best bowlers in Kentucky,” said Luvisi who is owner of the Bardstown Bowling Center that the St. Catharine teams call home. “Our practices should be very competitive.”
The Patriots’ rosters include 11 men and eight women, all but four of them coming from the Louisville area. “I went to a camp in Michigan in June where there were 150 bowlers,” related Luvisi. “One really good bowler, Haley Christenson from Farmington, New York, has signed with us but most of the bowlers there are going into their senior year so there may be more of them come to St. Catharine next year.”
The teams report for pre-season practice August 8th in preparation for the first tournament September 24th. Coach Luvisi is still hoping to sign two more bowlers for the women’s team in order to have both an A and B team. Anyone interested may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.