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The 11th Frame: College bowling atmosphere offers ramped-up intensity

JEFF RICHGELS | Posted: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 7:00 am

In college bowling, players and coaches stand near the approach during competition, making spectating a challenge. I'm in the Team Storm jacket in this picture from the Hoosier Classic in Indianapolis in February. Photo by Susie Fever.
When I bowled in the FIQ American Zone Championships in Bogota, Colombia, in 1985, I didn’t think I’d ever see anything like it again. Then I attended the giant Hoosier Classic college tournament last month in Indianapolis. In most serious competition, anyone making too much noise — even if it’s cheering — is looked at as doing something wrong, perhaps even unsportsmanlike. In Bogota, the noise was loud and constant, highlighted by a woman I will never forgot...

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