MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets bowling team’s varsity ranks ran in to a tough opponent in a home match against Lexington Monday, while the JV boys picked up an 18-pin win.
“There’s some pretty good bowlers and teams in the OCC and we seem to have touched them all so far,” Mount Vernon coach Terry Franz said. “Hopefully, we get to some closer competition, but our people are getting better and they’re having fun.”
Herbie Mayer was the top varsity boy for the Jackets, turning in a score of 210, followed by a 219 for a series score of 429. Jeff Dovenbarger notched a 222 to open the action, with his 169 in the second round putting his total at 391.
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“Those two guys are probably two of the better bowlers on the varsity,” Franz said. “The other guys on the Lexington team were pretty consistently high. They averaged almost 200 a man and that’s a good adult team, actually.”
Trevor Bell was third for the Jackets with a 157, followed by a 171 to finish with a 328 total. Alex Franz, Luke Whitacre, Andrew Martin and Matt Dinnen split time over the two games to combined for scores of 159, 123, 138 and 145.
Mount Vernon’s first-round score of 886 came in behind Lexington’s 1,017. The Jackets dropped to 827 in the second bout, while the Minutemen turned in a 969. In the baker’s games, Mount Vernon was bested 196-151 and 213-161. When the dust settled, Lexington grabbed the 1,968-1,713 win.
Katrina Wells paced the Jacket girls varsity squad, carding a 164 and a 152 for a total of 316. Larissa Blanchard shot a 135 and upped her score to 160 to finish at 295. Sarah Lord was the final Mount Vernon girl to bowl both games, turning in a 124 and 115 (239).
Kristyn Conrad (114) and Kassie Metcalf (122) both bowled the first game, while Kylie Goudy (115) and Taylor Hensen (110) bowled in relief.
Meghan Stehle led the way for the Minutemen, turning in a 170 and 188 to finish the day at 358. Brittany Salimbine was not far behind with a 189 and 164 (353) and Sam Avery turned in a 323 (144-179). Payge Whitesel had a high round of 180, with her 129 setting her total at 309. Maggie Kingman rounded out the Lexington varsity girls with a 287 (138-149).
Mount Vernon was outscored in both the first (819-659) and second (809-652) rounds, but the Jackets had a 161-140 edge in the first baker’s game. After the second baker’s game (204-144), the Minutemen walked away with the 1,972-1,616 win.
Despite the losses, Franz said the spirit of the team is still high and they continue to look on to the rest of the season.
“The mentality of the team is they know they’re a young team and they know they’re inexperienced, but they know the whole process is that they stay together,” Franz said. “It’s not very often that you are the first ever team to represent Mount Vernon.”
The Jackets boys JV squad held a lead after the first round (637-613), and after winning the second round by nine pins was up 1,257-1,224. Mount Vernon did just enough in the baker’s games to keep the Minutemen at bay, winning 1,504-1,486.
“That’s why it got loud and exciting,” Franz said. “We won by 18 pins, which I think gives them that feel for what it’s like to be fun, close and competitive.”
David Balling led the way for the Jackets with a 354 (164-190). Tyler Gregory was second at 276 (127-149). Ethan Temple charted a 232 (148-84) and Henry Sarsfield, Bryce Henson, Brayden Perge and Donovan Wright combined for games of 125, 73, 95 and 102, respectively.
Sierra Clark (219, 94-125) led the Mount Vernon girls JV team, who fell 1,324-1,041. Izzy Moore (192, 95-97), Bella Adrian (162,82-80) and Emily DePolo (133, 64-69) each shot two games. Allison Page and Grace Allen each turned in a 72. The JV Jackets did earn a 110-71 win in the first baker’s game.
The Jackets hit the road today to take on Granville, with action starting at 6 p.m. With the season rolling on, the expectation is still just to get better.
“I want them to enjoy it,” Franz said. “I want them to know that I’m not expecting the world out of them, but I’m expecting them to compete, try, grow and have fun.”