Let the good times roll


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Butler's Cody Rosenbauer lets loose with a shot during the Golden Tornado's bowling match against Mars Wednesday at Family Bowlaway.
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BUTLER TWP — Just six years ago, there wasn't a high school in Butler County that offered a bowling team.
Now, there's four.
Karns City started the trend five years ago and joined the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Bowling League the following season.
Mars, Butler and most recently Knoch have followed suit.
The amount of strikes, spares and gutter balls range from team to team, but they all have one goal in common: Let the good times roll.
“We've had a great time,” said Karns City coach Denny Morrow. “This year, we're kind of rebuilding, but we're having fun. Where else can you bowl three games for free and get out of school early, too?
“The kids are upbeat when they go to a match. They're excited, just like any other sport,” Morrow added. “They want to do well and can get kind of upset when they don't.”
The Butler girls team fared extremely well last year, placing second in the state in the program's second year of existence. In its inaugural season, the Butler girls took sixth.
“Hopefully, they'll be able to compete again this year in the state,” said Butler coach William Fay. “You can only go one more step.”
Brea Suchonic, Nicole Balk and Autumn Hepler all tallied a 600-plus series in last year's state qualifying round and all three return this year.