For as long as she can remember, McKenzie Sparano has been bowling.
“I’ve been bowling for as long as I can walk,” Sparano said.
The Skyview junior’s grandmother, Kelly Sparano, was a professional bowler and operated Interstate Bowl in Portland for many years. McKenzie Sparano spent a lot of time there growing up.
And even though she’s been bowling so long, and so often — she says she bowls six days week — the sport never gets old for her.
“It’s a really good stress reliever for me,” Sparano said. “I go bowling all the time, even on Sundays sometimes. It’s fun, even if I go with my family. It’s fun, but it’s also competitive. And I am a competitive bowler.”
A two-time all-league bowler, Sparano had her big moment in high school bowling last January when she won the 4A district individual title, helping Skyview take the team title. Her 637 series (224-181-232) was the best of the day, beating out even the 3A district champion.
The team aspect is what Sparano enjoys most about high school bowling.
“In high school bowling, you get really close to your team, especially when you’re on varsity,” Sparano said. “You spend so much time together, you become like a family. You are with each other every day, you go to districts, you go to state, and you just bond. When you bowl in a league, even though you’re still part of a team, to me it’s more individual, individual, individual.”