IHSA sports lineup doesn’t include bowling in Peoria area

PEORIA — While high school bowling is thriving in various parts of Illinois, the Tri-County area has been a virtual high school bowling desert for years.

According to IHSA archives, there have only been a handful of teams from Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties that have competed in the sport.

Bowling recently has been deemed a low-risk and safe sport by the IHSA, so student-athletes can start practicing and competing this season immediately. But there doesn’t seem to be the required interest to get the ball rolling, so to speak, in Peoria.

Interest for high school bowling in Peoria?

“What it would take is just some intense interest,” Peoria High athletic director Brien Dunphy said. “In the past we’ve had a club, so some kids have been able to participate. That’s kind of drifted away as interest has waned.

“There’s not a lot of expense — bowling fees, some

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