Kirtland Community College has added bowling to athletics, making the longtime pastime an intercollegiate sport. The team formed in January and hosted teams from Muskegon Community College, Schoolcraft College and Wayne County Community College at the team’s first home tournament at the Hi-Skore Lanes in West Branch on Feb. 6.
“We’re excited to be offering bowling which is a popular activity in northern Michigan,” Haskin said. “Adding the sport creates scholarship opportunities for our students and provides area high school students with the chance to continue pursuing their sport while furthering their education through college.
“It is also an opportune time to add the sport because our MCCAA league has just made it an official league sport so we are coming in from the beginning with a strong team consisting of five female and six male student bowlers.”
Kirtland hired Dean Speer to coach the team. The West Branch resident owns and operates the Hi-Skore Bowling Lanes. He’s also a certified instructor for the United States Bowling Congress. He has bowled in the Michigan Majors and coaches the Ogemaw Heights varsity bowling team. Kirtland’s athletic director, Don Haskin, said Speer brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Kirtland’s bowling team. Haskin continues to recruit bowlers to build a strong and competitive team in the future as well.
Speer says he’s ready to take on the collegiate level and create a strong, winning program. His goal is to have team members confident in all aspects of the game, both physical and mental.
He has a pretty big pool of candidates. More than 3,000 students attend a variety of occupational, skilled trades, two-year and transfer-degree programs at Kirtland’s locations near Roscommon, Kirtland-Gaylord, Kirtland-West Branch and Tawas.
Those interested can find the full schedule at www. http://www.kirtland.edu/athletics/bowling or call Speer at 989-345-5580.