Three Spring Lake Park High School adapted bowlers recently participated in the State Adapted Bowling Tournament at Bowlero in Brooklyn Park.
In the ASD boys’ singles division, junior Immanuel Reynolds (pictured below) received 10th place and a medal for being in the top 10. In the girls’ ASD division, sophomore Libby Chlebeck received 16th place. In the girls’ singles cognitively-impaired division, junior Maddie Stroman received 29th place. Also, on the team this year were seniors Will Johnson and Alex Xiong, junior Sean Riley and freshmen Mayah McDowell and Alex Pham.
“For all these students, being on a team and getting to compete in a section or state bowling tournament in a really great atmosphere is something they will never forget,” said coach Doug Potthoff. “I have known most of these kids since they were in middle school. To see them bowling for the Panthers, representing SLPHS and having so much fun throughout the season is very rewarding for all of us adults coaching and mentoring them.”
The adapted bowling season starts in March and the SLPHS team practiced every Thursday morning at Blainbrook Bowl. Throughout the season, teams participate in weekly virtual score exchanges.
This was Potthoff’s fifth year as coach. SLPHS graduate and teacher, Mickie Smith, is an assistant coach and Avery Potthoff assisted the team as well.
“The kids had fun this season, were respectful and encouraging of one another and enjoyed playing a lifetime sport,” Potthoff said. “To have my oldest daughter helping me coach this year made it that much more special! Avery will be teaching Health/PE and coaching track in the Prescott (WI) School District next school year.”
A special thanks and shout out goes to the Spring Lake Park Lions for annually sponsoring the team’s t-shirt uniforms.
Team photo: Back (L-R): Immanuel Reynolds, Sean Riley, William Johnson, Alex Xiong and Coach Mickie Smith. Front (L-R): Coach Avery Potthoff, Mayah McDowell, Maddie Stroman, Libby Chlebeck, Alex Pham and Coach Doug Potthoff.
Right: Immanuel Reynolds, 10th place