On Tuesday morning, the
boys started out really strong bowling a 979, 975, and 984 game, which
put them in fourth place. At that point, Kyle Paxson was number 8 in
the individual high series. In the afternoon, the boys seemed to lose
their spark and their standing, ending up in 8th place for the day.
The total pin count was good enough for a return to competition the
Wednesday morning found the
boys with a renewed enthusiasm and higher scores. They began the day
with a 1050, with scores ranging from 193 to 238. The second game of
the morning had the Darters bowling with individuals, and they seemed
to lose some of their punch as they did not have that strong competition
that they faced when bowling against a structured team. In the final
game they again raised their scores and bowled a 1013 series to put
them in 7th place.
Through the third round,
Kyle Paxson led the group with a 2149 series and high game of 268. Cory
Mullica rolled a nice 1747 series, including a high game of 234. Mitchel
Schilling rolled a 1676 series and a high game of 222. Andrew Calvache
contributed 1590 pins, including a high game of 221. All members of
the team had a chance to compete.
The boys bowled nice scores
on the first day, averaging over 900, but it was not good enough to
keep up with the strong competition they faced for total pin count of
all teams present. With the structure of the tournament, it is really
difficult to move up much after the first day. Scores are cumulative;
so if the top four teams have a decided advantage in the scoring, it
is really hard to move up as each team is picking up their game to make
it to the top. That
made it really difficult to move up on three teams to advance to the
These boys have worked really
hard to get as far as they did. I had hoped that they would do better,
but I was not too disappointed in the results. Their emotions fed off
of each other, so if one person started to get down, the scores seemed
to go downhill. If they were fired up, they bowled really high scores.
Seventh place in the State is something they can be proud of.