Fairfield High bowling coach Lisa Greenig and her assistant, Coach Bryan Marlay, were very pleased to see so much improvement from their bowlers Saturday at Flamingo Lanes versus Centerville.
The boys and girls varsity and junior varsity teams all won their matches while recording season-high scores.
The JV girls are now 2-0 on the season and bowled over average in eight of their 10 first round games, led by Allison Krumboltz?s 143 game and 265 series.
The JV boys are also unbeaten at 4-0 on the year. Many rolled season high scores as well, including Dakota Storto who threw a 204 game and had a 360 series.
The varsity girls earned their first win of the season, and Coach Greenig said, ?It?s great to see the girls starting to work well together.? She added, ?They are beginning to have the confidence needed to be successful in this sport, and it?s rewarding to see them starting to convert more spares and follow up with high count shots on their next ball.?
Trenady Sammon edged Taylor Blomme 146-141 for top score in the first game of round one. In game two, Sammon edged Blomme by just one pin, 144-143, but the frame of the night came for the girls when Sophia Mineart turkeyed the tenth in her second game for a 132 game and a 258 series.
The varsity boys were dominant as well behind a school record night from senior Brayden Fishel. The senior followed his 210 in game one with a 277, giving him the school record for high series by one pin over Eric Swans? former record of 486.
Talk about the first game?
Fishel) I was just confident. I know I can throw high games, so coming off the first one with a 210 is a good setup and then I was looking to improve in that second game, if not throw at least another 200 to help the team out.
You throw seven straight strikes to start game 2. When do you start to feel the pressure?
Fishel) Right on the eighth frame. The max I?ve shot is seven in a row, so going into the eighth frame, I?m thinking, ?OK, this is where it gets new.? Then everything is a mix of feelings and emotions and my next shot just came out a little tight and my luck ran out.
Would you say the eighth frame is then your hill to climb?
Fishel) I would say, yeah. I did come back the next night, Sunday, and shot the first nine which was a big improvement for me. It?s still one of those things for a perfect game you just have to go with it and if it?s your night, it?s your night. If it?s not, you just come back and get them next week.
How did you recover from the nine you threw in the eighth frame to throw three more strikes and an eight to finish?
Fishel) I knew it was a bad shot, so I didn?t blame anybody else but myself. I just stepped off the approach, took a couple of deep breaths, regrouped and threw another spare, then thought right after that, ?Jump back on it.? I just looked at it as a good game and didn?t worry about any negatives and just focused on the positives and everything I did good. I look at it as a big improvement and a step up for my game. The 277 is my highest, the next night I shot a 275 when I threw the nine strikes to start.
Your 277 was just nine pins shy of the single game record held by Eric Swan, but you passed his school series record by a pin with a 487. How did that feel?
Fishel) Pretty good. I?ve bowled with Eric before so it?s one of those things where he was always better than me in the past so now I can say, ?Hey, I?m shooting a better series than you!? It?s all good fun and good competition.
Not only was Brayden hot, but six of the 12 round one scores were above 200, and 10 out of the 12 were above practice average. Fairfield will host SEC rival Washington Saturday at 1:30 inside Flamingo Lanes.