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Carpet Bowling Is Up Their Alley

August 20, 2009

Carpet Bowling  
Carpet Bowling was the sport of the day on Fox 2 News
in the Morning. Participants included, from left, Scott
Martin, Florissant Valley's supervisor of buildings and
grounds; Fox 2 cameraman Chris McGovern, Fox 2 News
reporter Tim Ezell; and Teresa Huether, Florissant Valley
mathematics professor.

The women’s volleyball team at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley, along with Fox 2 News reporter Tim Ezell, got in a little extra study session this morning courtesy of campus mathematics professor Teresa Huether in the library’s periodical section.

Rather than teaching them college algebra or other complicated math concepts, Huether’s lesson of the day was -- carpet bowling. Huether, who is Florissant Valley’s proclaimed “Queen of Carpet (Bowling),” is a passionate supporter of the sport. As head of Florissant Valley’s professional development efforts, Huether organizes a campuswide tournament for faculty and staff prior to the opening of the fall semester.

“This tournament is a really fun way to get everyone ready and enthusiastic for a new semester,” she said.

So in a library, naturally the only things missing were ill-fitting shoes, neon-colored bowling balls and thick smoke. Seriously, though, the game actually originated sometime in the late 1800s (www.freewebs.com/bcbs1896/). According to this website, the game was encouraged by churches to prevent young men from partaking in alcohol and mischief. A Scottish Carpet Bowling Association was formed in 1985, with more than 100 clubs averaging 30-40 members each.

After their morning preseason workout, members of the volleyball team showed off their multi-sport talents in a fiercely competitive match that ultimately was decided by a tape measure.  The Yellow Ducks fell to the team consisting of Ezell, Huether, cameraman Chris McGovern and Scott Martin, Florissant Valley’s supervisor of buildings and grounds.

Florissant Valley’s championship-winning teams have dominated three of the past four competitions that have become a marquee event at the annual Missouri Community College Association Convention in November.  The campus winner will earn the right to square off against other community college competitors in search of Florissant Valley’s fifth title.