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Monroe HS Bowling Club is capturing recognition

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MONROE (WKOW) -- The Monroe High School Bowling Club is making noise, and many in Monroe are taking notice.

"It's becoming more recognizable as we walk through the hallways," Monroe senior Larissa Ethridge said.

"There's still a lot of people who don't know the program exists, but it's on its way," Monroe head coach Brittany Svendsen said.

Bowling isn't sanctioned by the WIAA, but these bowlers still view themselves as athletes playing a sport.

"It's very competitive. Big mental game, big physical game," Monroe senior Ryan Stoneback said.

It's a program only in its fifth year of existence after its current coach got the ball rolling.

"I actually personally bowled in high school and college as well, so I wanted to give the kids the opportunities I had. My five-year goal was in five years be able to get to state, so they superseded that," Svendsen said.

The Cheesemakers clinched their fourth straight trip to the state tournament in the five year history of the program. Monroe finished in 4th place in 2015.
Their combined record in the last three seasons is 32-and-1.

"We have a lot of good players. We're all capable of bowling great," Stoneback said.

Startups don't normally succeed at this level, but these kids basically live at their local lanes.

"I work here [at Leisure Lanes in Monroe] so I get free bowling. All of my other teammates, they're down here 24/7," Monroe junior Trace Ermey said.

By knocking down pins, these bowlers are building a reputation residents of Monore can root for, with the state tournament still to come.

"I think we can go to state and win it if we put our hearts into it," Ethridge said.

"People will be like oh there's the bowling team that just won state, they're really good," Ermey said.

Monroe will participate in the state tournament on March 4-6 in Wausau.

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