Joel Logan guides Kennard-Dale High School's 'special' first-year bowling team

  • The Kennard-Dale High School bowling team is in its first year of existence.
  • The team is coached by Joel Logan and practices at Lion Bowl in Red Lion.
  • Takoda Stike, a junior, earned a spot in the PIAA District 3 Tournament.

The success of Kennard-Dale High School's first-year bowling team wasn't measured by wins and losses this season.

Joel Logan

Only one bowler had any experience on the fledgling squad, which consisted of five starters and five reserves. The team competed on a club basis, rolling exhibition games against York Tech, Columbia and the Janus School. 

"I wasn't sure how the year would go, but I've been impressed with how the students have progressed," said Joel Logan, a teacher at K-D who coaches the team. 

Logan is a longtime league bowler and bowling instructor. He has worked with junior bowlers for 25 years, including 13 years at Suburban Bowlerama.

"I want to share my love of bowling with the students," said Logan, who averaged 213 last season.  "One of the great things is that the students and parents initiated the idea of a bowling team."

He said it doesn't matter if students lack bowling experience. In fact, it might be helpful.

"The kids have a blank slate. They don't have any bad habits," he said. "You can teach them the right way. You tell them to do something, and they do it."

Being a member of the K-D bowling team required dedication and commitment. The team practiced twice a week at Lion Bowl in Red Lion. Logan typically drove the students 20 miles to the center in a school van.

Logan, who emphasizes fundamentals, received satisfaction when a student rolled his or her first 200 game, 600 series or topped a personal-high score.

His long-range goal is to have the K-D team become PIAA sanctioned. He said the infrastructure exists for a future PIAA bowling league in York County.

K-D participated in the team and individual PIAA District 3 independent qualifier for non-school-sponsored bowlers at Berks Lanes this past weekend. Takoda Stike, a junior, earned a spot in the PIAA District 3 tournament.

"These kids are special to me," he said. "We have the start of something special, something we can build on."

This story was provided by Barry Sparks of the York County Bowling Proprietors Association.