BC sports teams play cash strapped seasons

"We had a really good turnout," he said. "They really came out and supported it, it was nice to see."

Teams with smaller facility budgets"the golf and bowling teams"also funded their seasons though community support and parental efforts. The golf team saw its $1,690 greens fees budget eliminated, while the bowling team's $3,500 facility rental budget was cut.

Marv Sontz is not only the coach of the BC bowling team, but co-owner of the team's practice and competition facility: Del Lanes in Delmar.

Boosters, parents and players have been working to raise money through car washes, raffles and selling discounted Del Lanes gift cards, but Sontz said he'll probably only realize half of the rental price that used to be paid by the district.

"It won't make the nut, no, there's no way," he said. "There's only so much kids can do."

The bowling team was 10-5 for the season as of press time.

35 boys and girls participate in BC bowling teams. Sontz said bowling is a sport that's rapidly growing in popularity among young players, and there are even scholarships emerging for top players.

"Bowling's a sport that kids can do who might not be able to play football or basketball," Sontz said.

Sontz said he would provide Del Lanes for the team's use even if no money could be raised to cover the expense.

"I would never, never drop the bowling team," he said. "We do what we have to do to keep these kids in the sports."

Other booster clubs are raising money to better their programs. The BC Swimming and Diving Booster Club recently raised $17,000 to purchase an electronic timing system and scoreboard for the high school pool.

BC is entering another problematic budget process, and is faced with closing a $2.5 million gap brought about by rising costs and reduced state aid.

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