Before Lady Hub bowler Carly Summers arrived at Rochelle Township High School, she attended Eswood School in Lindenwood, only a few miles outside the Hub City. It was there that she and her classmates, ranging from kindergarteners to seventh-graders, were treated with a trip to the Cherry Bowl in Rockford, which sparked her initial interest in the sport.
Summers was unaware that RTHS had a bowling program until her sophomore year, when she noticed some of the players leaving school early to travel for meets. Summers signed up for the Lady Hub bowling team as a sophomore, competing at the JV level and even filling in on the varsity team occasionally. Now a junior, Summers will have an opportunity to earn a full-time varsity role for the Rochelle team, and she said she’s eager to spend time with her teammates.
“With what’s happening right now, my goal for the upcoming season is to play as many games as possible and grow as a team,” Summers said. “Last year, I was proud of how I tried to adapt to what my coaches suggested and I was proud of how I began understanding what did and didn’t work. Last season, I had a twisting problem, which caused the ball to go haywire sometimes. I’ve since discovered what was wrong and I’m hoping to improve my accuracy.”
Summers was one of four returning Lady Hub bowlers who arrived for the team’s first practice of the 2020-21 season under new head coach Eric Widick, who replaced long-time coach Joey Johanning. Summers, who closed out her sophomore season on the varsity team after starting on the JV team, said that consistency will be the key to her success this coming season.
“Coach Johanning taught us how to think for ourselves and he pushed us to think about where we stood on the lanes and where to aim before releasing the ball,” Summers said. “I’m looking forward to new observations and opinions from coach Widick. We didn’t have many practices last season and I felt that my performances varied. I’d often have a good night and then a bad night. was having issues with my inconsistent accuracy last season, but after one day of practice, coach Widick pointed something out to me about my form and how I could fix it.”