The Fairfield bowling team traveled to Lebowski?s Rock ?n Bowl in Washington Feb. 3 and split with the Demon varsity teams, beating the guys 2417-1727 overall, but falling to the ladies by a total of 2156 to 1992.
The gentlemen were without one of their senior leaders, Brayden Fishel, who was on a college visit, however, the timing was perfect for the Trojans as the demons only possess four varsity boy bowlers.
Stepping in as a pacer for the boys was Ben Johnston who had the series of his career. As Head Coach Lisa Greenig explains, ?A pacer is a bowler who is not competing, but bowling to keep the timing of the teams balanced.?
Not only did Johnston keep pace, his two games were the first(221) and fifth(177) best of all 22 games bowled by the guys, and his 398 series was 41 pins better than any of the other 22 male or female varsity bowlers to throw on Saturday. Considering Johnston holds a 137 average, he basically knocked down thirty frames worth of pins for the price of two games. ?While it doesn?t count for any team scores, it does count for bragging rights,? added Coach Greenig.
Counted bowlers were led by James Lyman?s 357(178-179) series, followed by Drake Rippey 324(123-201), Dalton Rippey 323(176-147), Chance Swan 304(140-164), Shane Morrissey 261(115-146), and Dakota Storto 259(146-113).
Washington?s pin counts were Keaton Zear 359(192-167), Drake Schluetter 317(155-162), Tucker Renoux 291(153-138) and Dacota Miller 208(103-105).
Round one went to Fairfield 1569-1175 and round two Baker was 848-552 in favor of the Trojans.
The Demon ladies returned the favor, building a 1501-1322 lead after round one, and holding on for a 164 pin victory after losing the Baker round to Fairfield 670-655.
The top Trojan thrower was Trenady Sammons with a 287(155-132) series. The No. 2 through No. 5 scorers for Fairfield were only separated by seven pins with Sophia Mineart coming in second with 262(138-124), followed by Jenna Wickenkamp?s 261(116-145), Taylor Blomme?s 257(125-132), Kristin Burnstedt?s 255(173-82) including a personal best in her first game, and Allison Krumboltz 239(111-128).
The winning Demons were led by Dawson Schluetter?s 332(175-157), followed by Riley Smart?s 326(179-147), Taylor Northup?s 296(152-144), Trista Kelly?s 290(124-166), Bailey Brown?s 257(120-137), and Taylor Janecek who tossed a 236(118-118) series.
The Trojans will host the varsity-only SEC meet Saturday at Flamingo Lanes, beginning at 1:30 p.m. with a $5 admission fee for all spectators. Keokuk, Mt. Pleasant, Washington and Fairfield will compete, sans conference foe Fort Madison.
The state bowling tournament will be Feb. 19-21 with Fairfield and Washington competing in Class 1A with the 48 smallest programs in the state, while Keokuk and Mt. Pleasant are Class 2A participants as part of the second biggest group of 28 schools that bowl.