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Salem High Board Recognizes Bowling Teams For Accomplishments At State Championships

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The Salem Community High School Board Tuesday night recognized the boys and girls bowling teams for their finishes in the state tournaments.  

Coach Steve Ludwig commended the teams for their hard work in taking third in the boys tournament and fifth in the girls tournament.   But Principal John Boles told Ludwig he was selling his role in the team's success short, noting the positive comments he's heard from team members.  

"I go to be at night trying to figure out how I'm going to get Lindsey (Fogliasso) to throw the ball and wake up in the morning trying to figure out how to make Brandon (Chapman) make a spare," Ludwig joked.  "In between I fix bowling lanes. I enjoy it.  I thank you for that and I thank the kids for putting in their effort."   

Ludwig says a number of students have received college scholarships as a result of their high school bowling success.  "Each year our seniors we try and get them a place to go.  We have probably did $2-million in scholarships, the opportunity for $2-million in scholarship.  Once they get to college, they realize college is hard work and we don't always get them through.  But we give them the opportunity," said Ludwig.    He notes several of this year's team members are currently discussing scholarship opportunities.  

The bowling teams have now earned four state trophies in their first ten years of the sport being offered at Salem High School.  Ludwig noted unlike other high school sports, all size schools compete against each other at the state tournament and Salem is usually among the smallest to advance.  

The board also congratulated the Scholastic Bowl Team on their fourth place finish among the ten schools in the Mason's Tournament hosted in Salem last weekend.  

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