A bittersweet farewell to the girls varsity bowling team


A season that some may believe was too short, but a season that was undoubtedly full of groundbreaking success.

The girls bowling team came into this season with meager expectations. No one said the Lady Rangers would see any success, of course not anybody that had met the team. Those who actually knew the girls on the team also knew they would succeed beyond preconceived notions on how their season would “roll” out.

“This season meant so much to me, the recognition, awards, and opportunities I have had my senior year have been amazing,” said senior Paris Gooch, “It was really special because I had an awesome team and a supporting coach!”

These girls proved so many people wrong. That is the beauty of being looked at as an average team. The Lady Rangers improved every single day because they cared about becoming a better team. It may not have mattered to a lot of people how they competed, but it sure mattered to the girls. Their discipline is unmatched, they knew they had a lot to work on at the beginning of the season, and they put their heads down and improved inch by inch becoming the team we saw at regionals.

“I feel like the girls improved throughout the season and based on their lack of bowling experience at the start of the season,” quoted head coach Jerry Tarabek, “They outperformed where I thought they would be, especially at the regional event. The ladies were a joy to coach this season, they worked hard and progressed nicely through the season.”

Not only did these girls create a strong team, but they also created strong friendships. Not only with themselves, but with other teams. They exemplified the meaning of sportsmanship and represented our school well, on and off the bowling alley. This team will go down in FHC history as one of the best teams to ever do it in terms of girls bowling, and that is something these ladies should always be proud of.

“I will miss all the fun practices,” stated Paris Gooch. “I will miss my teammates and my coaches as well. I am going to miss the people I have met through bowling from other schools, I have had so much fun and hope that the underclassmen will keep the spirit alive and have fun, and I hope they know that I love every one of them.”

As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. This season was beyond good for this program, and for that, we thank every single girl on this team. Especially the seniors who we, unfortunately, will not see again next year. If I can say one thing, it would be that this program is accelerating in the right direction.