Enduring sport provides lifetime of enjoyment

While bowling can be a recreational activity, it is a competitive sport at The Summit Country Day.

Skill, strategy and execution are hallmarks of this Ohio High School Athletic Association-sanctioned program.

Bowling season runs from November to March. The Summit’s home matches are played Tuesdays at Madison Bowl while road contests are scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Silver Knights student-athletes are required to participate in three weekday practices or matches and a Saturday practice. Bus transportation is available for the 3:45-5:45 p.m. weekday sessions at Madison Bowl. Participants are responsible for furnishing their own bowling balls, bags and shoes.

As The Summit’s programs have evolved, so too have bowlers’ triumphs. The boys’ team won a Miami Valley Conference championship in 2015 and advanced to the district finals, while Class of 2017 bowler Lillian Chow qualified for district tournaments as an individual all four years of her high school career.

The Summit did not field a girls’ team in 2014-15 or 2015-16, so participants like Lillian bowled with the boys and competed as individuals during girls’ sectionals and districts.

A two-time member of The Cincinnati Enquirer’s Division II All-City First Team, Lillian established school records in girls’ high individual game (207) and high two-game series (379). Because she bowled with the boys’ team as a sophomore and junior, she remains part of three boys’ team records. 

The Summit bowling program started in 2007 after several students asked Ed Escudero to coach. He led the boys’ and girls’ varsity and junior varsity teams until 2009. Coach Escudero, a retired chemistry teacher at The Summit, who now helms the girls’ teams, picked up the sport in high school and competed for the Saint Louis University bowling team in 1971-72. He bowled in leagues many years thereafter.