By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

Local youth bowling program is growing

Up to 40 bowl on Saturdays at Locomotion Lanes


March 10, 2022


A bowler tries to pick up a spare last Saturday at Locomotion Lanes in Sanborn. The youth bowling program there has seen a steady growth in participation over the past two years.

What is there for youth to do on an early spring Saturday afternoon? For over 40 area youth, showing up at Locomotion Lanes in Sanborn to bowl is the answer.

A youth bowling program was in existence at the Sanborn bowling center before Bert van Dam became owner in 2019. But his background, as well as interest by area adults, has prompted a more concerted effort to build enthusiasm for bowling.

"I've always bowled. It's a family thing," van Dam said. "You can do it with your kids."

According to van Dam, 42 youth are involved this year. That compares to 32 in 2021. They represent "quite an ar...

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