OSCODA, Mich. — The Oscoda Owls bowling teams are less than 10 days away from their first competition. On Wednesday, the Owls hit the lanes for their third practice of the 2021 season. The expectations are very high for both teams as they’re looking to make a run to Lansing to compete in the state tournament.
For the Lady Owls, they’re coming off a strong season last year. As a team, the Owls placed second in regionals in which they qualified for states. In last year’s state tournament, the Owls placed ninth out of 18 teams.
This year, there are some new faces for the Owls. However, they have some returning bowlers which includes Andrea Bickel. Individually, the senior placed second overall in regionals and third in states. With a little coaching to the newcomers throughout the season, Bickel believes this team can make another run to states.
“We have some developing girls for this season,” said Bickel. “However, the new girls have bowled before, which is good. If we work them up to the time states or regionals come, I think we’ll be set.”
For the boys, they’re looking to head back to states for the first time since 2017. Last year, Oscoda placed fifth in regionals, missing states by two spot. This year, this team is very confident they can make a run to Lansing.
“We have a lot of seniors on our team,” said Austin Birkenbach. “I think it would be awesome to make it back into states in our farewell season. I’m expecting that we’ll have a really good team this year and I’m just hoping we can do good in all of our matches.”
Both teams will start competing on Jan. 30 at Vista Lanes.