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LaGrange teams compete in JV Bowl


The 22nd Annual LaGrange County Campus Life JV Bowl, hosted by Northeast Indiana Youth for Christ (YFC) at Shadow Bowl in Kendallville, attracted 18 teams of adults and youth from seven churches who solicited pledges based on their total score for two games. The activity benefited YFC's Campus Life JV middle school division, according to Campus Life JV Director Kim Harlow

Ted Strawser of LaGrange First United Methodist Church won the individual award for most funds raised by collecting $1,625 for the Campus Life JV program in LaGrange County. He was rewarded with a $200 shopping spree to a store of his choice.

Sherry Albright of Lake Missionary Church landed a $100 shopping spree to Miller's Super Valu of LaGrange for finishing as first runner-up in the amount of individual funds raised.

Mishler's Meats of LaGrange donated 35 pounds of ground chuck to Betty VanWagner of Plato United Methodist Church for the second runner-up position.

Bruce Bowman of South Milford Church of Christ finished as third runner-up in the amount of individual funds raised. He won a $50 shopping spree to a store of his choice.

Members of the participating teams received JV Bowl t-shirts and door prizes donated by a wide variety of LaGrange County merchants and businesses.

LaGrange First United Methodist Church teams collectively raised the most money and earned for their church the bonus grand prize of $300. Their effort was spearheaded by team captains Tom Smith and Ted Strawser. Team members were Chris Danielson, Jane Kauffman, Bob Hill, June Vaughn, Floyd Mast and Roger Krugh. Other churches also raised over $1,000 and received $100 for their youth groups.

Anita Keith from the St. Joseph Catholic Church team rolled the top two-game score with a 328 to land the female achievement trophy. Ray Miller from Believers’ Fellowship dropped 386 pins in two games to earn the men's trophy. In addition, Miller won four passes to Splash Universe Water Park in Shipshewana for being the top bowler.

Harlow praised the adults who responded to the annual Campus Life JV Bowl. “This event will help supplement our funding of the Campus Life JV program for middle school youth in LaGrange County,” she said. “The community generously contributed with pledges, incentive gifts and prizes to make this event very successful.”

“I'm very grateful to Shadow Bowl," Harlow added, “and to the team captains who spearheaded their team's efforts. The very positive feedback is that they all appreciated the quality and fun they experienced while supporting a great cause. Everyone worked together to make it a tremendous success!”



Other team captains were Stephen Troyer, Loretta Fry, Jeremy Johnson, Martin Willard, Richard Miller, and Sean Sharick from Believers Fellowship, Betty VanWagner and Jim Kennah from Plato U.M. Church, Bruce Bowman and John VanWinkle of South Milford Church of Christ, Anita Keith, Irene Lutz and Heather Richardson of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sherry Albright of Lake Missionary Church, and Jeff Carlisle who brought two teams from Topeka First Baptist Church.

A wide variety of activities is being offered by the Campus Life JV program for the second half of the school year and on through the summer. Activities include weekly club meetings at local schools, a ski/snowboard trip in January, an all-nighter called the “Red Eye” during spring break, JV Camp and several summer day trips.

For more information about these events and Campus Life JV call (260) 925-1058 and ask for Director Kim Harlow.