Colleen Lidster would like to thank the United States Bowling Congress for her great 2013-14 season.

The governing organization’s upcoming changes really inspired the Griffith High School girls bowling coach to step up her game on the lanes.

“I realized that, because of the new rules, I would not receive any recognition for any award scores (starting next season), so I really wanted to make this season count,” said Lidster, who topped all Northwest Indiana women with a 228 average at Plaza Lanes in Highland.

That average, along with a high series of 818 and earning Post-Tribune Queen of the Week honors five times this past season, earned Lidster P-T Women’s Bowler of the Year.

In addition to the 800 series, she also rolled two 300 games and a 299 game. She received rings from the USBC for the 818 and a 300 for the final time since the USBC downsized its awards distribution starting in August for only those bowlers who never previously rolled and 800 series or 300 game.

To Lidster, age is just a number, since the 54-year-old Griffith native seems to be getting better. It’s the second straight year she averaged 228 to earn top honors in the Greater Calumet Area Bowling Association. The defending GCABA women’s senior bowler of the year looks to be in good shape to repeat that honor.

“Even though I feel good, sometimes my age plays a factor when I bowl,” said Lidster, who was inducted into the GCABA Hall of Fame in 2012. “Slowing down has made me very accurate, but because of my back issues, I need to wear a brace when I bowl. I’m hoping that my exercise routine this summer will allow me to get rid of the brace, but we’ll see how that goes.”

Coaching the Griffith girls, though, makes her feel younger. And, as she points out, it’s helped her own bowling game since she’s trying to practice what she preaches.

“Coaching high school bowling has had a tremendous impact on my game,” Lidster said. “I remember a night a while back when a group of my girls came up to the bowling alley. All I could think about was how can I make them believe me and do what I tell them if I can’t show them. I shot 300 that night, and it was so special that they inspired me.”

If Lidster keeps rolling the way she has in recent years, maybe her bowling pupils need to come watch her more often. It would be a reciprocal favor for both sides.