On Tuesday, the varsity bowlers had their District Tournament
at AMF Casselberry Lanes, with both teams taking second place and securing
a spot in the FHSAA State Tournament next Tuesday and Wednesday.
The boys began the first round paired up with Edgewater.
They began the series with a slight lead against the Eagles, rolling
a nice 999 series. The Darters temporarily lost their line and lead
during the second game, only to end the first round with a nice 1032
game to gain the advantage over the Eagles. At the end of the first
round, however, West Orange had the lead with 3079 to the Darter second
place of 2863.
The second round found the pairings exactly the same,
with Edgewater and Apopka still paired. The Darters rolled a 958 the
first game, and increased with each game to end with a 1029 final game.
By the end of the tournament, the Darters had decreased the lead, but
fell short of West Orange. The final pin count for the day was 5836.
Kyle Paxson had the high series with a 1306 and the high
game of 257 in the final game. Andrew Calvache rolled the second high
game of 256, also in the final game, and a 1204 series. Mitch Schilling
also had a successful day with a high 220 and an 1176 series. Jon Ladines
entered in the third game of the day with a nice 222 game.
Aside from the second game of the day, our boys bowled some really
nice scores, including two games over 1000. Their second game cost them
first place. West Orange had a high 1109 first game to give them a large
lead that they were able to keep throughout the day. These two things
made it extremely difficult to secure first place.
I was proud of the way our boys hung together and kept their scores
up the entire day. Bowling against Edgewater gave our boys the incentive
to bowl high scores as well as keeping an eye on their closest competition.
The girls team also will advance to the state tournament with their
second place finish. They began the first round with a 190 and 181 game
and their high series of the morning, 796.
After lunch the standings were posted and the Lady Darters found themselves
in third place, trailing West Orange by a mere 60 pins. Amy Seay took
the Coach’s advice to pick up the pace and bowled a high game
of 208, followed by another nice 193 game. Jennifer Beisheim rolled
a 189 in the second game of the afternoon, with Ashley Preston contributing
with a 192 final game. Their final two series were 873 and 843, above
their norm, to end the afternoon with a 2464 and a 4770 total pin count.
The excitement and anticipation of the afternoon continued as the
team and Coach waited for the announcement of who would continue their
season at the State Tournament. When it was announced that a West Orange
bowler was going as an individual, the team knew they had second place
Amy Seay had the high series, bowling 989. Ashley Preston had the
second high series of 982. Catrina Cruger had high games of 190 and
210. Jennifer Beisheim had high games of 181 and 189.
I gave my girls a pep talk after lunch. I told them they were far
from out of the running, and if they wanted their season to continue
they would have to pick up the pace just a little.
All of the girls really picked up the pace in the afternoon session
and bowled above their norm. West Orange’s coach turned their
scores in at the same time that I did. When we compared scores, we knew
that it was going to be really close. I was surprised and extremely
proud of our girls when they announced the second place finish.