HAMMOND | They’ve bowled together on the same youth league team at Plaza Lanes in Highland for a couple years. They’ve bowled against each other in high school competition for the last four years.
Next fall Bobby Kammer and Tyler Hansen will be together bowling for a perennial national power in the college ranks.
And it will be just up the road.
Kammer and Hansen recently made it official, signing letters of intent to continue bowling for Calumet College of St. Joseph. It’s another coup for CCSJ coach Mike Kubacki by getting two of the top local bowlers to stay close to home.
“They come from a bowling pedigree and they’ve had good high school careers,” Kubacki said. “I try to put together a team of half local guys and half outside the area. It doesn’t always work out that way and depends on how good the local talent is.”
These two fit into the "pretty good" category, especially after their senior seasons.
Kammer, a Merrillville senior who transferred from Hobart High School last summer, posted the high Northwest Indiana average with 224 during the regular season. Among his highlights was taking first in the NWI Holiday Classic with an 801 series.
Hansen, a Munster senior, was second in average in the area with 220 and won a sectional title.
And as Kubacki said, both come from talented bowling genes.
Their dads — Bob Kammer Jr. and Scott Hansen — are two of the top league and tournament bowlers in the region with numerous titles and myriad award scores. Both men have been friendly competitors of Kubacki on the lanes for more than 20 years.
“It’s about me doing what I love and getting an education,” Tyler Hansen said. “I want to expand my bowling experience in a good program.”
That’s an understatement. Calumet College has reached the Intercollegiate Team Championships final 16 all eight years the program has existed, including a runner-up finish in 2010.
“Everything is really coming together right now and I definitely wanted to bowl in college,” Bobby Kammer said. “It’s one of the best programs (in the country) and I’ve known Kubacki for a while. The team is filled with a bunch of good bowlers.”
And now two more will be added to the mix.