Local bowlers advance to provincials

The local Senior boys’ bowling team has qualified for the provincials in Timmins on March 13-14 after capturing gold at the zone round of the “4 Steps to Stardom” tournament last weekend in Dryden.
The team, coached by Rick Stamarski, features Jonathon Wood, Sheldon Legaree, Andrew Stamarski, Jeff Watts, and Dan Bone.
Meanwhile, in singles competition, local bowlers Jon McCoy, Joey Ballan, and Ashley LaFreniere also advanced to Timmins, where the gold-medal winners will move on to the national roll-offs in Newfoundland in May.
In total, Plaza Lanes sent five teams to Dryden last weekend—with the other four all coming home with bronze medals.
The Bantam girls’ squad, coached by Jeanie Townson, included Lena Morelli, Kaitlyn Townson, Amanda Jolicoeur, Victoria Johnson, and Natasha Petawanaqueb.
The Bantam boys’ team, coached by Carolyn Stamarski, was comprised of Lyle Dolph, Jordan Sokoliuk, Eric Bois, Dallas Gervais, and Brendan Morand.
Marie Anderson, Samantha Smith, Heather Watts, and Jeanette Angus made up the local Junior girls’ team, coached by Roberta Chabot.
Finally, the Junior boys’ team, coached by Don Smeeth, included Randy Roth, Mason McKay, Luke Simmons, Tyler Good, and Morgan Anderson.
The Senior boys’ team will be practising as often as it can from now until the provincials, as well as bowling in the Tuesday night men’s league, noted Mary Wood, the former coach of the Senior boys’ and girls’ teams.
In other news, Wood also noted a problem in on the horizon for area bowling teams.
Bowling coaches now must carry at least a Level I coaching certificate. But that soon could become a Level II, yet there is no one coming to this area to teach the course.
It’s already difficult to get people to volunteer their time, said Wood, but the cost of going to Winnipeg or Thunder Bay for a weekend to take the Level I—or several weekends for the Level II—may just be too much.
Problems already have begun because of the new requirements. At the zone round of the “4 Steps to Stardom” in Dryden, the Atikokan teams did not have enough coaches and a few volunteers from Fort Frances had to pitch in.
Wood’s husband helped to coach one of the local teams at the roll-offs, but if his team had advanced to the provincials, he would have been ineligible, she said.
Each level of coaching certification involves a practical, technical, and theory component.
Theory involves training in the principles of coaching and the completion of a coach’s workbook. Credit usually is eceived after a course with coaches and may take up to 13.5 hours at Level I and 19 hours at Level II.
This part of the certification can be taken by distance learning.
The technical component must be completed at a course lasting eight-14 hours at Level I, depending on the sport. The practical component is based on coaching hours with Level I, including a self-evaluation, and Level II requiring a peer evaluation.
Bowling has been approved for Levels I and II coaching cetification but the Level III stages in both five- and 10-pin are pending. At Level III, the practical is based on an assessment by a nationally-trained evaluator.