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Great opportunity awaits youth bowlers on Saturday mornings at Gibby's Lanes

Youth bowling instructor Derik Thibodeau (right) gives instruction to Keller Grimmer during a youth bowling session in November.1 / 3
Instructors Chris Heinbuch, Jake Sander, Tom Lund and Derik Thibodeau are shown with the youth bowlers who took part in the most recent Saturday session of bowling.2 / 3
Instructor Tom Lund helps Matthew Chrisco to develop a correct follow through.3 / 3

Youth bowling is being re-established in New Richmond and it's ready to take off.

Youth bowling has been moved back to Saturday mornings at Gibby's Lanes. There are already 20 kids who are bowling each Saturday morning and there is room for many more kids to join in the fun. League organizers said they can easily take on as many as 50 kids each Saturday.

The program is open to kids ages 6-20 and of any bowling experience level. The league is coached by Derik Thibodeau, Chris Heinbuch, Tom Lund and Jake Sander. They are hoping to gradually build the program into one of the premier youth bowling programs in the area. The coaches say they are in this for the long run. Thibodeau and Heinbuch have children who are learning how to bowl through the program.

"They'll learn all the fundamentals," Thibodeau said, "the bowling courtesies, the common sense of bowling."

The four coaches are all advanced bowlers, so they can help to coach youth bowlers of all ages and experience levels.

The youth bowling is held from 9-11 a.m. each Saturday except for holidays at Gibby's Lanes. The league will continue through the end of March.

Charges to join include $18 to become sanctioned by the United States Bowling Congress, which includes receiving a shirt and bowling magazine. Cost to bowl is $8 each Saturday.

The coaches talked about the importance of getting kids involved in their sport.

"Without the juniors, we have no future," Thibodeau said.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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