Name: Emma Smith
School: St. Charles East, sophomore
Why she was selected: Smith averaged a 192 score at regional bowling and advanced to sectionals. Chronicle sports reporter Jacob Bartelson caught up with Smith.
Bartelson: How did you get involved in competitive bowling?
Smith: I was around 5 years old or so, and I joined a little kids summer league to have something to do in my free time. From there, I would do leagues with my parents. This led me to then join the school team to stay active in the winter.
Bartelson: What do you enjoy about the sport the most and why?
Smith: The thing that I like most about this sport is probably that it is a sport you can play whenever and at any age. I was able to do it when I was little, I can do it now and I'll be able to do it when I'm old. It's also one of those sports you can suggest to do with your friends, and it's always fun.
Bartelson: What is an aspect of the sport that is underappreciated?
Smith: Honestly, I think the sport in general is underappreciated. A lot of people see it as a game you play with your friends [and] at birthday parties. But it is a whole lot more than that. The techniques needed to bowl games in the 200s – and even a perfect game (300) – takes a lot more than people think.
Bartelson: What advice would you have for someone new to the sport that wants to get involved?
Smith: Just come out and join, regardless of what you think your skill level is. Most people end up improving their averages by 50 or more pins – all just from getting the coaching and equipment that works for them.
Bartelson: Your regional performance. How would you evaluate it?
Smith: I would rate my regional performance around a solid 9-out-of-10. I felt like I tried really hard and did everything I needed to do. But, some things weren't perfect. I am pretty proud of getting three games over 200 [pins] as well as the 192 average I got.