The new Lakers team already has 13 members and hopes to make a run to state in 2022.

In an era of shutdowns, shuttered businesses and other pandemic-related losses, Lake Oswego High School has decided to create something new.

Lake Oswego has launched a new boys bowling team, a group that currently includes 13 boys and has high hopes for its inaugural season.

   "My goal was to have five boys so we (could) at least field a team, and that goal has (been) successfully surpassed," said coach Dan Bush, who took multiple classes, went through two background checks and fingerprinting, earned 15 certificates, and spent $200 of his own money and 40 hours to qualify for his new job. "It would be a huge accomplishment if, out of our district (tournament), we placed and were able to make it to the state tournament."

The idea behind the new team came from Bush's son, Carson Bush, and two of his fellow senior friends at LO, Cam Skrondal and Jack Whitney. The trio bowled together in a youth league at Tigard Bowl, but wondered if they could bowl and represent their school at the same time.

"We just started throwing the idea around and one thing led to another," Dan Bush said. "So, I wrote an email to the athletic director for the high school (Chris Coleman) and he gave me two options to make this happen."

After those humble beginnings, Bush and his trio of core players began recruiting teammates, researching costs, securing lane times, paying fees, buying jerseys, and setting up tournaments and practices.

The team, which can still add players until Dec. 17, currently includes 13 players and practices from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays at Tigard Bowl.

Next up, the Lakers will participate in warm-up tournaments, compete in its district tournament at the end of January and — the Lakers hope — send either individuals or the team to state at the end of February.

While the new LO team is aimed at both fun and competition, it's about more than just that.

"(I'm) looking forward to seeing my bowlers and turning them into great men," Dan Bush said. "I'm not here just to be their bowling coach, I'm here to help mentor them through sports, and hopefully along the way, they learn a little bit about bowling."

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