From the very first day of practice in my freshman year, I knew exactly what I wanted to do: put the bowling team “back on the map” and become one of the best bowlers to come out of the MCHS program.
The latter is still up for debate, but I believe whole-heartedly that the team has made tremendous strides over the past few years. While, as a team, we never accomplished our goal, which was to make it back to state, we were able perhaps to do something even better: we rebuilt our team’s image not only around the school, but also across the entire state.
For two straight years, we led the state in team average by a large margin. In the same time span, we have sent three different bowlers to semi-state individually. Not to mention, I also finished seventh at the state finals last year. Until a loss late in the season this year, we had gone undefeated in conference meets for over two years, our last loss dating all the way back to November 2013, my sophomore year.
Even with an early end to the season this year at regionals, I just think about all of these accomplishments and how they have seemed to completely change the program altogether. The team is nowhere near done, and will surely work harder than ever to complete the goal we were never able to accomplish while I was on the team.
Looking back now, what we did as a team defines City pride in the most accurate way possible. We turned a program that was easy to look past into one that is impossible to forget about.
Michael Hebb is a student at Michigan City High School. City Pride is a weekly column produced by MCHS students.