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King of the bowling alley

Middletown is known for many things – it is the oldest incorporated community in Dauphin County, and its stately Victorian mansions along Union Street are stunning – but one thing that it is not known for is bowling.


You can’t find a public bowling alley in town. The nearest is ABC East Lanes in neighboring Lower Swatara Twp., which is where Middletown Area High School’s club team bowls its games.


Say what you will about bowling, but it beats allowing your kid to sit in front of a video game screen for hours on end. It’s absolutely more physical and, we would assert, requires a lot more skill than navigating your way through a video maze of zombie assassins.


Bowling is cool, actually – never mind the shoes. And when Middletown’s Cole Kautz became the first Middletown Area High School bowler to qualify for a shot at the state bowling title, we thought that was pretty cool, too.


Kautz bowled lights-out at a regional tournament in Lancaster to qualify for the Pennsylvania State High School Bowling Championships in Pittsburgh. He rolled a 275, 254 and 214 among his five games, placing him seventh out of 176 bowlers competing for the boys’ state title. The top 12 qualified for the trip to Pittsburgh.


The Middletown boys’ team finished in first place in its high school league, qualifying for the Eastern Regional Championships on Feb. 28 in Lancaster, where the team finished in 24th place. The team is coached by Middletown’s other bowling claim-to-fame: Darryl Bower, a Professional Bowlers Association Tour winner in 1985.


Congratulations to all, particularly Kautz for accomplishing what no other Middletown student has accomplished.