Saint Xavier High School Bowling Team
Coach Atria, who is beginning his tenth season as the Head Bowling Coach at Saint Xavier High School, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the job. An outstanding bowler throughout his life, Coach Atria has been bowling and promoting the sport for more than 60 years. On two occasions, Vinnie was selected as a member of Team USA for the National Bowling Association. He is a three-time Kentucky Open Champion and member of the Greater Louisville Bowling Association. Vinnie has also been inducted into the Kentucky State Bowling Hall of Fame.
Coach Atria and his entire family are avid bowlers. His wife, Michele, is a Kentucky Open Bowling Champion and his sister, Cindy Schuble, is a six-time Kentucky Open Champion.
Assistant Coach - Art Kelly
Left to Right- Coach Art Kelly, Coach Vinnie Atria
Through the Years
- The bowling team traces its history back more than 30 years when the school offered the program as a club activity. In 2011, the KHSAA sanctioned the sport of bowling and opened the door for thousands of students around the Commonwealth to participate in team and individual championships.
- In 2011, the Tigers hired Hall of Fame bowler Vincent "Vinnie" Atria as the first head coach for the newly sanctioned sport.
- Cameron Broadbent '12 rolled 11 consecutive strikes in the annual Pins Down Tournament hosted by the Tigers. Cameron knocked down six pins in the final frame to finish with a 296 and set a school record.
- Nick Bowling, Cameron Broadbent, Dane Alsup, Will Hawkins and Jimmy Beavins captured the first-ever Baker 300 on January 7, 2012. The Baker 300 score was the first in the school's history as a club activity or sanctioned sport.
- In 2014, the Tigers capped off a very successful year with Brandon Flora winning the KHSAA Individual State Championship. His six-game score was 1,679 pins, with one of his games being a near-perfect 299. Brandon also shot the first 300 game in school history in the first round of regionals.
- In 2017, Brandon Flora returned to the state finals where he captured his second individual State Championship. Brandon won his first title as a freshman in 2014. With his second title in 2017, Brandon became the only high school bowler in KHSAA history to ever win two individual state championships.
- In 2018, the team placed first in the regional tournament and advanced to the state tournament for the first time in four years.
- In 2019, coach Vinnie Atria was voted Region 4 Coach of the Year and Zach Lykins '20 was name first-team all-region.
- In 2020, the bowling team went undefeated and claimed the Region 4 Bowling Championship. Lykins won the Region 4 individual championship and was named first-team all-region, where he was joined by Waylon Metts '20.
- The Tigers were represented by three team members on the 2021 All-Region 4 team (Aaron Cambron '21, Austin Raley '21, & Jacob Sowders '22).
- At the 2021 Region 4 Singles Tournament, Aaron Cambron '21 shot just the second individual 300 game in school history to clinch his spot in the state tournament, and then went on to win the Region 4 Singles Tournament at Ten Pin.
- The Tiger bowlers won the 2021 Region 4 Championship and advanced to the state tournament defeating St. Francis (3-0), Brown (3-0), and Manual (3-1). In addition, Coach Vinnie Atria was named Coach of the Year, Austin Raley '21 was Boys Bowler of the Year, Cambron was named 1st team All-Region, and Jacob Sowders '22 was named to the 2nd team.
- At the 2021 Team State Championship, the Tigers advanced to the semifinals for the first time in program history before falling to Manual 3-2.
- At the 2021 Singles State Championship, Cambron took home the first individual title by a Tiger since 2017 by defeating Lance Morris (Lee Co.) 224-189. Cambron made the top 8, qualifying 7th, then vaulted into 1st place by shooting a 267 in game 4 and 244 in game 5, before defeating Morris in the stepladder finals.