2010-08-18 / Front Page

Nemire Seeks School Sanction For Bowling

Vern Nemire, owner and operator of Nu-Arch Lanes, Archbold, asked the Archbold School Board to consider sanctioning bowling as a varsity sport.

Speaking to the board at its Monday night, Aug. 16 meeting, Nemire said the board had sanctioned gymnastics, which had only one competitor, and boys soccer.

That, he said, shows the board’s desire to provide opportunities for students to participate in athletics.

Bowling as a college sport has been growing, he said. One outstanding Archbold teen bowler, Chandler Stevens, had been interviewed by three colleges and universities.

“He’s doing phenomenally well. He’s the best I’ve had in school bowling in a long, long time,” Nemire said.

As a sanctioned sport, Nemire said there would be no cost to the school district. Parents or the students would pay the cost. In one case, Nemire raised money for two bowlers whose families could not afford it.

Students can compete in tournaments for scholarship money; in fact, Nemire said in the past, he had raised about $3,000 a year, which school bowling coaches distributed among the students.

Nemire asked that the board make a decision on the sanctioning proposal at the Aug. 16 meeting. Board members took no action.

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