In the inaugural episode of the Spoken Word podcast, the boys varsity bowling team prepares for state

Alex Dowd and Stella Shenkman

In the first episode of The S Word, or The Spoken Word, The Shield‘s exclusive podcast series, host Alex Dowd and producer Stella Shenkman catch up with three members of the boys varsity bowling team — senior Anthony Bourda, senior Gordon Bolton and sophomore John Pratt — as they prepare to make a run at a state championship at the end of this month. To find out what motivates the team to excel, how they each got started in the sport and the secret of their collective success, an undefeated regular season and district championship, listen to the first episode of The S Word.

Frances Arellano
The varsity bowling team poses for a picture after thrashing Anderson, 17-0, at Dart Bowl on Feb. 1. At that point in the season, the boys were 6-0 for the season, and had outscored their opponents, 95-7. Photo by Frances Arellano.