Unified Bowling became an NSAA sport during the 2016-17 school year. Unified Sports is based on the model of Special Olympics. Unified Bowling is a bowling team comprised of students with an intellectual disability (athletes) and students without an intellectual disability (partners). Each team is made up of 1 athlete and 2-4 partners. 3 team members bowl during each game. Games are bowled using the Baker’s format. The athlete bowls frames 1, 4, 7, and 10. The first partner bowls frames 2, 5, and 8. The second partner bowls frames 3, 6, and 9. It is a true team effort to get the most pins down. The highest total pinfall in a designated number of games is how a team wins.
The Unified Bowling Season is from mid October through the first week of December. It falls between the fall and winter sports season. Unified Bowling is the ONLY NSAA high school sport in which participants can be part of more than one sports team at the same time.
2018-19 Season Highlights
Highest Baker Game
178: Tyson Husemoller, Zach Alexander, Aaron Franz
Sat., Nov. 2 Grand Island Triangular @ Big Apple in Kearney
Sat., Nov. 9 Lexington Triangular @ Strike and Spare in Lexington
Sat., Nov. 16 Scottsbluff Tournament @ Valley Bowl in Scottsbluff
Sat., Nov. 23 North Platte Tournament @ Wild Bill's in North Platte
Districts Mon., Dec. 2 or Tues., Dec. 3 Date and Location TBA
Tessa Matuszczak is a Special Education, Resource 3 teacher at North Platte High School. She started teaching in North Platte in 2013. She moved to North Platte from Wisconsin with her husband in 2001. Her husband is an Investigator with the North Platte Police Dept. They have three children that all attend North Platte Public Schools.
Coach Maas came to the district in 2017 and started teaching in 2013. In 2016 she was one of the coaches for the Unified Bowling team in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Coach considers herself "very lucky to be a part of the North Platte Unified Bowling team. The team has worked so hard this season and it is so great to see the growth of the team working and growing together throughout the season."