MOUNT VERNON — Both the Centerburg Trojans girls and boys bowling teams snagged team wins over the East Knox Bulldogs Monday at Colonial City Lanes in Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference action.
“We bowled decent today,” Centerburg coach Matt Climer said. “There is room for improvement, but overall today wasn’t bad.”
The Centerburg boys were led by the efforts of Brock Hurtt, who notched a 183 and a 186 to finish with a match-high series of 369. Cody Climer was not far behind, shooting a 355 series (170-185). Gavyn Stone just missed the 300-series mark, turning in a 150 and 147 to finish at 297 on the day. Jared Hamilton stepped into action to card a 280 (150-130) and Brannon Williams accounted for a 240 (103-137).
Michael George posted a personal and match-best 203 in the first round and he went on to lead the Bulldogs with a 311 series. Bryan Hockenberry shot a 136 and 143 (279), while David Workman bowled both games to finish at 262 (140-122) on the day. Kaleb Hawk (117) and Dustyn Robinson (105) bowled the first game of the day, while Will Smith (104) and Gavin Wade (61) came in for relief.
Centerburg headed into the Baker’s games with a nice cushion, up 1,541-1,239. Being in a deficit, did not stop the Bulldogs from putting together two solid Baker scores at 182 and 151. Centerburg shot a 119 and 137 in Baker’s action to take the win, 1,797-1,572.
“Overall, they did really well today because we ended up with 1,572 as a team, which was about 200 pins higher than normal,” East Knox coach Terie Eaton said. “They bowled really well in the first Baker’s game and second Baker’s game and got strikes when they needed them. Overall, it went really well and I’m proud of the way they bowled today.”
The East Knox girls were again out-manned with only three bowlers on the roster. Because of the low numbers, the Bulldogs turned in a team score of 563, compared to Centerburg’s 1,356. In the Baker’s games, the Trojans turned in a 144 and 93, while the Bulldogs, having to take four empty frames with two less bowlers, had a 48 and 55.
Jordan Climer notched a solid series at 287, shooting a 126 and a 161 to lead Centerburg. Aubrey Clippinger finished at 146 and 119 (265), while Hannah Valentine bowled both games and finished at 127 (50-77). Zoe Stephens (126) and Sophia Compton (115) took to the lanes in the first round and Catherine Elfrink (119) and Madi Dennis (80) bowled in the second game.
Mayah Scott paced the Bulldog girls with a 171 (85-86) on the day. Carlyee Daniel had the team’s best single-game score at 91, which she combined with a 77 to record a 168 on the day. Paris Frazee rounded out the team at 121 (70-51).
“They’re getting a little bit better and a little bit better each time, and that’s what we’re looking for,” Eaton said of her whole team. “We’re looking to improve on our personal bests and as a team to make things better for the bowling team. In order to make the team better, we have to make ourselves better.”
East Knox has some time off before hitting the road to take on Cardington next Monday. Although Centerburg did not shoot its best, it looks to knock down some more pins Saturday in a makeup match against Highland at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
“At the end, they’re still kids and they’re still learning,” Climer said. “They’re going to have a bad game and that’s just bowling. You’re going to have a bad game. … You’ve just got to brush it off and go frame by frame.”