By Chad Robert Snyder

Pilot staff writer

The Brooking-Harbor High School bowlers were knocking on victory's door Sunday morning at two separate tournaments, only to come up a few pins shy in each case.

The boys JV team was in Grants Pass at Caveman Bowl for their tournament. After the qualifying rounds, the Bruins placed third and faced Crater High School in a quarterfinal match.

In the first game, the Bruins lost by only four pins. They had a chance to narrow the gap and win in the second set, but again came up just short and finished fourth in the tournament.

Jeff Wilson rolled the best game of the match with a 233. Laithan Knauss and Javin Fleshman both had highs of 188.

The boys varsity team qualified fourth and was also matched up against Crater. The Bruins again found themselves down early - 48 pins - but fought back in the second game and put themselves in a position to win.

andquot;It came down to (Steven Scruggs) needing to get two strikes in the tenth frame,andquot; Scruggs said. andquot;He got the first, but left a solid seven pin in the


The Bruins ended the day finishing fifth.

The result illustrates the team's improvement, according to Scruggs.

andquot;We're getting better,andquot; he said. andquot;There's going to come a time when we'll come together and be unstoppable.andquot;

High game for the Bruins' varsity team was 236 by Dave Wiggins.

The girls varsity team faced stiff competition of their own at the same time in Medford's Roxy Lanes.

They finished seventh after putting up a season high pin count of nearly 3400.

Jaydlyn Knauss had the high game with a 221 and a 3-game series score of 526. Midori Surman had a personal best of 143.

Up next for all the Bruins is a 9 a.m., Jan. 11 tournament at Lava Lanes in Medford. The girls, who have only been represented by a varsity team, hope to have a JV presence there.