Triple threat

Katie Judd, sports writer

For Peter Christy, Ursula Kindt and Claire Hooker, participating in club sports like bowling, racquetball and Ultimate Frisbee was a relaxed change of pace than the traditional school sports.

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Going into eighth grade, Peter Christy, freshman, received a bowling ball from his mother. He wanted to join a team that few teenagers would want to be a part of because of the way the sport makes him feel. Christy has been a member of the KHS bowling team for over a year. Although there are only six players, he said he likes bowling because he thinks it is unlike other sports. “Bowling is a lot more organized and quiet compared to other sports like football or baseball,” Christy said. “Anyone can do it no matter if you are playing competitively or for fun.”Warren Mehrtens, bowling coach, started the bowling club at KHS four years ago. A bowler his whole life, Mehrtens said the sport is his favorite because it is a team learning experience, and has created a lot of cherishable memories bonding with the players.“It’s a sport to where you can bowl your whole life and still have a lot of great times with it,” Mehrtens said.

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It is pouring down a waterfall of cold rain, all the players are slipping in the mud, no one is making good passes and the whole team is frustrated. Despite the hard-fought game against Lindbergh, this is Ursula Kindt’s favorite memory of Ultimate Frisbee. Kindt, senior, said Ultimate Frisbee is different than other sports because you get a good workout while still having fun. Last year was her first year playing ultimate at KHS. “You meet a lot of new people through Ultimate Frisbee,” Kindt said. “This past year we united our women’s league with Nerinx, so I had never met those girls before, and after talking for while we ended up realizing that we have a lot in common and a lot of mutual friends.” According to Rich Finley, Ultimate Frisbee coach, the spirit of the game is different than most sports. He says there is a lot more sportsmanship and respect in ultimate because the players referee themselves. “I like Ultimate Frisbee because it seems to appeal to the sort of people who treat each other well,” Finley said.

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While sweating in a small claustrophobic room, Claire Hooker, senior, plays the hardest racquetball game of her high school career. Hooker keeps up her hard work for the love of the sport she said. For Hooker, the feeling of a club sport is different than more traditional sports because it is more relaxed, more social and less of a strict schedule. Hooker has been part of the racquetball team for three years. This co-ed team  participates in events like working at a tree lot that most sports attribute. “While we are playing a match, we usually will tell each other if we have a nice hit or a good rally, and we will usually talk with each other during timeouts,” Hooker said. Racquetball coach Michael Von- Gretchen enjoys the sport because it is an individual as well as a team sport. VonGretchen says racquetball is an easy sport to pick up and can be played it at any level. “You don’t have to be a jock to play racquetball,” VonGretchen said. “You have to be somewhat athletic, but what’s most important is placing the ball in the right place. It is a very fast paced game and some of the serves are close to 100 miles an hour.”