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GREENFIELD — High school basketball tips off around Indiana this month and, despite a class basketball era decline in attendance, hardwood hoops remains the Hoosier state’s most popular sport.
The largest capacity high school athletic event crowd in Hancock County this month, however, might be the multi-team competition that took place at Strike Force Lanes in Greenfield last week.
That’s right — bowling has become a popular wintertime option for athletes who don’t possess the requisite jump shot, butterfly stroke or wrestling moves to sign up for a traditional high school sport.
“I know the first time I ever came to a (bowling) match, I couldn’t believe all the people and parents,” said New Palestine parent Nate Miller, whose children, juniors Konnor and Kramer, bowl for the Dragons. “The kids are just as excited as they are in basketball or any other sport, the parents are just as excited.
“There’s a lot more enthusiasm at the bowling lanes than you would think.”
Miller and his wife, Vickie, were part of an overflow crowd at Strike Force on Thursday as boys, girls and co-ed prep teams representing 10 Central Indiana schools took part in a match, part of a weekly series that rotates among Indianapolis-area bowling centers.