Youth bowlers across Wisconsin are hitting the lanes in bigger numbers this season compared to last as competition heats up for the Wisconsin High School Bowling Club, overseen by the BCA of Wisconsin.

A total of 326 squads (boys’/co-ed varsity, girls’ varsity and junior varsity) in 14 regions across the state are on the floor for the 2022-23 BCAW high school season. That compares with 291 total teams that competed during the 2021-22 season, which represents roughly a 13% increase.

“We’re definitely very pleased with the participation numbers in our high school bowling program,” BCAW Executive Director Roger Dalkin said. “Student-athletes gain experience in the BCAW Middle School Bowling Club season so they’re ready to roll right into high school competition when the time comes.” 

The BCAW’s High School Bowling Club teams are formed for individual high schools or co-ops if a school doesn’t have enough bowlers to floor a team. Competition is on a scratch basis, consisting of best-of-nine-game Baker team matches. Bowlers may also qualify for the state tournament as individuals based on their fill percentages during the season.

Regular-season competition began Nov. 1 and will wrap up by Feb. 12. The season culminates with the 2023 Wisconsin High School Bowling Club State Championships, scheduled for March 3-5 at Dale’s Weston Lanes in Weston. Champions will be crowned for boys’/co-ed and girls’ teams, as well as boys’ and girls’ singles in Divisions 1 and 2.

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