VANDALIA – She started bowling because her brother needed a fourth for his team. Now eight years later, Savannah Hoke finds herself leading a talented team of girls at Butler High School.
“I’m sort of the cheerleader for the team, mainly because I’m loud. It’s fun to support my teammates and make up new cheers throughout the season,” Hoke said.
Hoke and her fellow teammates have had plenty to cheer about this season. The Butler girls recently broke the school record for team high game (1004), team high two-game (1964) and team total match score (2367).
Coach Steve Sachs says Hoke and co-captain Julia Helke have helped with that success, leading a very young team.
“They help set the tone for how our team performs. The team feeds off their positive energy. The coaches rely on them to be upbeat and positive, especially when the team isn’t performing up to its standards,” Sachs said.
Hoke says it’s easy to stay upbeat at Butler bowling matches.
“Bowling matches are really exciting and a lot more competitive than most people think! Our team gets pretty silly, so I’d say we are entertaining to watch,” Hoke said.
As entertaining as it has been, Hoke says she will hang up her competitive bowling shoes when she heads to college next year. The senior plans to student speech pathology. And while she won’t be continuing to bowl competitively, she plans to “keep bowling for fun.”