CIAC bowling championship set for Saturday

The CIAC, in partnership with the Connecticut Bowling Proprietors Association, is holding the second CIAC Bowling Championship at AMF Circle Lanes in East Haven on Saturday, March 23 beginning at 10 a.m.

Thirty teams will be participating in the event with combined boys and girls teams competing for the championship. The teams with a maximum of 10 competitors will face off in a 10-game Baker format in which each bowler participates in two frames to accumulate a team score.

Teams will be made up of all boys, all girls, or a combination, and liberal substitution rules will be allowed during the competition.

“There is a lot of excitement about this event that has come from the students who participated in the inaugural event last year,” said CIAC Executive Staff Member Robert Lehr. “We have increased the number of teams taking part this year from what was already a great event last year.”

Admission to the event is free and the competition is scheduled to extend well into the afternoon. Brian English the Director of High School Bowling for the United State Bowling Congress is expected to be in attendance and the event will be covered by the CIAC Network.

As an activity rather than a currently-sponsored sport, the CIAC is looking to grow bowling with hopes of the sport becoming an official CIAC sport in the coming years.

The first Bowling Championship was held in 2012 at Bradley Bowl in Windsor Locks with Windsor Locks earning the title in a tight competition as the Raiders barely outlasted Enfield.

Nearly 140 students took part in the event last season.