The pieces of a successful season have all fallen into place for Lady Panthers bowling captain Lanie Goldberg.
Goldberg, the daughter of Kris and Aaron Goldberg, has been a part of the OTHS bowling team since her freshman year and has spent the last three seasons as a member of the varsity squad. Last weekend Goldberg played a vital part of keeping her team’s state dream alive with a huge performance at the regional tournament.
O’Fallon claimed the first place title last weekend, large in part to Goldberg’s 1214 contribution. Her 1214 not only helped her team win, but it also earned her an eighth place individual finish. Goldberg finished one pin ahead of the ninth place finisher and 22 pins ahead of 10th place.
Head Coach Garrett Spencer says that Goldberg’s ability to lead the team has helped her perform on the lanes.
“Both on and off the lanes she’s been a fantastic leader for the team this year,” said Spencer. “Lanie is a very vocal leader that truly knows the culture of winning. She has done everything she could to help spread that culture to her teammates.”
In past years Goldberg has struggled making adjustments to the lane, but this year has made huge strides in her ability to adapt on the fly.
“This year I have been able to sit back a lot more and just let her bowl. She is very smart, coachable, and knows what to do. It’s really been a great year for her,” said Spencer.
Goldberg, who has bowled for six years, has nothing but praise to say of her team.
“This is the best team we have had in my four years,” said Goldberg. “It’s a very talented and deep team that has been fun to compete with.”
Goldberg also says that her favorite part about bowling is bonding with her teammates and the close relationships she has formed. When she is not helping lead the team on the lanes, Goldberg hosts a majority of the team’s events and hang outs.
Next fall Goldberg hopes to study communications and bowl for either Maryville University or McKendree University.