Girl Bowlers celebrate winning season


   Imagine being on a team working for different goals individually but coming together as a team to rise up to achieve a common goal. That is just what Guilford’s Lady Vikings bowling varsity team did this season. The Lady Vikings performed well this season winning five matches and losing four. The girls also had a lot of joyous occasions. 

   “If you are considering joining bowling , you should come join the family,” said Junior Caitlin Branscum. “It may be stressful at times but it’s really fun and we are really a family.” 

   The Lady Vikings were coached this season by Kailey Hoppe. Hoppe, a Guilford graduate, led the varsity girls through their successful season. Hoppe  was named NIC-10 girls coach of the year at the NIBPA High School bowling banquet held at Giovanni’s on March 15th.

   “With returning players I hope they keep working hard and hopefully we finish higher in our conference season and overall season,” said Coach Hoppe. “It will take a lot and hopefully we gain a few more key players , but we have a lot of experience because we will have four seniors next year which is a good and bad thing for our team.” 

   The Guilford girls team had lots of high points this season. They tied for fourth out of the conference for matches. The girls also had bowlers place individually at multiple tournaments and finished fifth in the E-Rab invitational. When it came time for regionals, the girls beat the odds  that were against them, finishing third.

   “ Regionals was very stressful because Coach put a strict number we needed to hit, and if we didn’t we would be done for,” said  Junior Elli Cabello 

   The next stop for the Lady Vikings was sectionals in DeKalb, Illinois. The Girls fought hard but finished eleventh which sadly was the conclusion of their season. Sectionals was a very bittersweet day. The girls had  a great season but sectionals was the girls’ last time bowling with Senior Alexis Sullivan. It was very sad because the girls team is very close. 

“We have an unbreakable bond and I love every one of them very much, they are all like sisters to me,” said Sullivan.