MOUNT VERNON — The Highland Scots bowling team picked up a pair of wins Monday at Colonial City Lanes, downing the East Knox Bulldogs boys and girls, despite not shooting its best scores.
“A win is always a good thing, but there are so many things that we have to work on tomorrow,” Highland coach Amber Brubaker said. “Today, you celebrate the win. Tomorrow at practice, we get back to the grit of it.”
The Scots got a solid outing from Ben Rinehart, who shot a 173 and followed that up with a match-high 203, finishing his series with a 376. Tyler Disbennett turned in a 192 in the first round, but his score dipped to 129 in the second game. Zach Watts bowled a 142 and 157 (299). Tucker Tague (138) and T.J. Taylor (128) bowled the first game. Trea Renwick (125) came in for relief in the second game.
“A lot of easy misses, and easy misses add up,” Brubaker said of the reason for the lower scores. “It happens.”
In the Baker games, Highland shot a 144 and 162 to finish with a total score of 1,803, cruising to the win compared to East Knox’s 1,382. The Bulldogs went the opposite direction of the Scots, shooting a 482 in the first round and improving to 578 in the second round.
Bryan Hockenberry started with a 103, but drastically improved his score, stepping up to a 185 in the second round. David Workman had a 114 and jumped his efforts to 137. Gavin Wade bowled both games, finishing with a total score of 121 (66-55). Kaleb Hawk (100) and Dustyn Robinson (99) bowled first and were relieved by Korbyn (107) and Will Smith (94).
After averaging 106 per game in the individual rounds, East Knox stepped it up in the first Baker game, posting a 209, followed by a 113.
“I think they were having fun,” East Knox coach Terie Eaton said of the key in the Baker game. “They were rooting each other on and trying to make sure each of them were doing really well. They were just having fun.”
In the girls’ action, East Knox only fielded three bowlers, so their team scores were much lower, compared to Highland’s five-member team.
Autumn Burson paced the Scots with a 167 and a 138. Erin Conner shot a combined 251 (136-115) and Paige Hicks turned in a 245 (127-118). Courtney Weikel (118) and Faith Stewart (113) competed in the first round, with Madie Zamer (116) and Camberly Schade (102) taking their slots for Round 2.
The Highland girls averaged a 125 in the first rounds of action, but put together a complete team effort in the Baker games, notching a 158 and a 151.
“They struggled during the 10-pin bowling,” Brubaker said. “But they came back in Baker’s and shot a 158 and a 151. Collectively, as a team, they worked wonders together. They only missed two single pins.”
Highland, with five bowlers, tallied up 1,559 pins, with the Bulldogs’ three bowlers coming in at 778 on the day.
Carlyee Daniel led the Bulldog girls with a two-round score of 257 (118-139). Mayah Scott (131-98) was not too far behind with a 229. Paris Frazee shot an 84, followed by a 73 to round out the East Knox individual rounds. With only three bowlers, East Knox had to take blanks in four frames of each of the Baker’s games. The Bulldogs notched a combined 135 in the Baker’s games.
“I do expect them to get better as bowlers,” Eaton said of her team, boys and girls. “In high school sports, everybody is like, ‘We want to win, we want to win, we want to win.’ But, not being bowlers and being new to the sport, I really feel that getting better is the goal.”
East Knox and Highland both return to action Saturday. The Scots host Fredericktown at 8:30 a.m., while the Bulldogs host Crestline at 10 a.m.
“You don’t want to peak early, and we’re not there yet,” Brubaker said. “We’ve still got room to grow and keep climbing so that we can peak at just the right time.”