High School Tournament

In the early 70's and into the 80's, many B.C. High Schools had bowling leagues as an after school activity. Many Bowling Centres had High School leagues every day of the week and most were registered with the Youth Bowling Program.

The B.C. High School Tournament started from an unorganized after class activity that ballooned into a fully supported bowling program. The first organized B.C. wide High School Tournament started in 1971. In 1974 there was over 100 High School Teams competing in the annual Provincial Event. Hundreds of Teachers volunteered their time to supervise the after school leagues and chaperone the students to the Provincial Tournaments.

Every year bowling Scholarships were given to a number of graduating Students that also belonged to the Y.B.C. Program. Scholarships ranged from $50 to $200.

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Five-pin bowling in High Schools became a part of almost every High School's sports curriculum. Shown here, in 1975, is Ken McKenzie demonstrating the proper approach and release using a softball and skittles for pins on the school gymnasium floor.

Kids learned the proper technique on gripping and delivering the ball, the importance of timing and concentration and how to keep score correctly.

I was fortunate to be in high school in the 80's when bowling was popular and played in many B.C. High School Tournaments. There was many good teams throughout B.C. and many of them also competed competitively in the Y.B.C. Program.

1974 - Provincial Boys Champs
J.L Crowe Senior Secondary - Trail
Back Row L/R - Steve Pargeter, Wally Drezdoff, Tom Rypien, Front - Dave Mitchell (coach), Ron Dipasquake, Joe Paterson
1974 - Provincial Girls Champs
Fulton Junior Secondary School - Vernon
L/R - Linda Koenig, Heather Robb, Tracy Watts, Leslee Jakes, Mo Dinny