Soldiers roll strikes with rucksacks
May 19, 2010
RED CLOUD GARRISON - It wouldn't be mistaken as a forced march but Soldiers who jammed into the Casey Bowling Center May 12 participated in an extreme sport billed as the Warrior Country Extreme Rucksack Bowling Challenge.
The challenge consisted of individual and team events. The idea of the event was for participants to strap on a 40-pound rucksack and hit the lanes. Trophies were award for first through third places in both categories.
Dominic Guerin, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, topped all competitors with a score of 632.
The best group score was held by Shawn Carter, Trent Ellis, Joseph Frost and Victor Bude, members of B Battery, 6-37th Field Artillery, with a total of 2,103 pins. Carter, who led his group with a score of 603, also took home a second place trophy in the individual category.
"I love to bowl," Carter said. "I generally go bowling often, and it's good to have an event like this where you can bowl in competition and meet new people.
"There was a great turnout for the challenge. There were more than 70 people who came, and I think all of us had a good time."
Carter credited his team's success to its teamwork and esprit de corps.
"My team was great," he said. "Everyone bowled to the best of their ability and did a good job. I couldn't have done it by myself."
The Soldiers who participated found bowling with a rucksack on their backs a challenge because it affects a bowler's balance. Nevertheless, Carter said he enjoyed the challenge and the new experience.
Dominic Guerin, John Roberson, Rene Ramos and Xavier Munoz, members of 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, who knocked down a total of 2,018 pins finished second in the group competition.
Dejurnett Conyer, Warlace Coleman, Timothy Neyman and J.D. Olson, members of C Battery, 6-37th Field Artillery, finished in third place with a total pinfall of 1,765.
Joseph Frost, B Battery, 6-37th Field Artillery, finished third with a score of 593.
Consult the Warriors Compass or In the Zone magazine for the next bowling tournament.