Photo: Kaneland High School Interim Athletic Director Ruby Keller (right) presents head coach James McKnight with a crystal bowling pin in honor of his 25 years of coaching girls bowling at KHS March 13. Photo by Mary Paulson
DEKALB—Last Thursday evening at Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb, the Kaneland bowling program held its Senior Night and also dished out some special awards.
For his 25 years of service as varsity head coach of the Lady Knights, Jim McKnight was given an engraved crystal bowling pin. Assistant coach Beth Trafton and the team were given matching shirts commemorating McKnight’s tenure.
The shirt depicted a rat poking its head out of a set of bowling pins, a reference to McKnight having a hospital stay with a bacterial infection after being bit by a pet rat last school year.
“I thought it was a cute way to commemorate what happened to me, McKnight said. “Twenty-five years is a long time, of course, but I’ve always enjoyed myself and look forward to even more.”
After a Thursday night of bowling with families , food and alumni, McKnight reflected this week on if anything has changed.
“Bowling has changed over 25 years, that’s true,” McKnight said. “We now have better equipment, automatic scoring, and more schools participating. We also have a longer season with more competition dates. We also added the new regional/sectional format this year. When it comes down to it, though, it’s still one girl throwing one ball at 10 pins, and it’s just as much of a challenge as ever—just as much fun, too.”
Dominique Lee won award for High Series, High Game and High Average. Rena Wojciechowski, Katie Hill and Michelle Bohanek took Most Improved and Grace Lindgren took Rookie of the Year.