It was the climax of two years of anticipation for Bradley Central High School’s bowling team when they teamed up with Trousdale School for a recent game.
“We did this two years ago and I’ve been looking forward to it since the second day after we did it two years ago,” Bradley Central junior Alec Norwood said. “They’re super great people, always fun to be around.”
Bowling coach Don Burke said bringing the schools back together started with the students.
“The first thing my bowling kids asked me ... was are we going to get to bowl with Trousdale?” Burke said.
Burke was already familiar with the school for adults with intellectual disabilities because he is friends with the founder.
Just like the inaugural game, the schools met at Leisure Time Bowling.
Students were divided into teams with the majority of them having two students from each school. Trousdale fitness teacher Leah Wilson and Burke worked together to select the teams.
“These are just beautiful people. I love them,” Bradley Central senior Alia Rester said.
She said she enjoyed watching the Trousdale students get so excited when they did well.
“What I liked about today is that I made one spare and one strike in bowling,” Trousdale student Adam Stein said.
Trousdale’s Susan Turner was the top bowler for the day with a score of 189.
Turner said she enjoyed meeting students from Bradley Central High School, the school where the Trousdale musical was held this year.
“It’s a fun place to be,” Turner said.
Trousdale student Heather Collins said she enjoyed bowling with her friends, and had bowled well that day.
“It’s been great,” Collins said.
Each of the students, no matter what school they attended, enjoyed the bowling.
“I love the competition (of bowling),” Turner said.
She has also participated in the Special Olympics in bowling.
“I’m medically not able to do other sports, so this gives me something to keep me in shape,” Norwood said.
He said bowling athletes often display true sportsmanship.
Dustin Crumbley said he enjoyed meeting students from another school and spending time with his friends from Trousdale while bowling.
“I love it,” Crumbley said.
Many of the Trousdale students have been bowling for years.
“It’s been awesome,” Bradley Central junior Callie Morgan said. “I love working and bowling with them ... wish we could do it more than once a year.”
The day was also special for Morgan because her sister, who has Down Syndrome, plans to attend Trousdale after high school.