By Chad Robert Snyder

Pilot staff writer

For their second match of the season, the Brookings-Harbor boys JV bowling team traveled to Ten Pin Down in Roseburg on Sunday morning for a 9 a.m. tournament. The varsity squad took to the lanes at Nickel Bowl in Myrtle Creek at the same time.

The JV Bruins brought two teams to their event - Blue and Gold - and put in their andquot;best showing yet,andquot; according to Head Coach Randy Scruggs. The Gold team qualified first, only to lose in the finals to Hidden Valley by 12 pins. With the loss, the Bruins secured a second-place finish.

Scruggs said the Blue team showed improvement, led by the 159 high game of Trevor Fleshman.

The varsity team qualified fourth and took on Crater High in a quarter-final matchup.

After two games, the teams were tied. The rules of the event stipulate a ninth and tenth frame roll off, which the Bruins lost to end their tournament.

The high game for the varsity team was a 234 from Cody Stumpenhaus. Team Captain Steven Scruggs contributed with a 230 score.

When asked about his team's performance, Scruggs said he had many praises.

andquot;I am really excited how the kids are improving their games and mental toughness,andquot; he said. andquot;It's a lot of pressure to bowl for six hours, then try to execute good shots in the playoffs when every shot counts.andquot;

Scruggs said he was particularly impressed by the varsity's Baker Games.

andquot;I still can't believe the varsity shot a 266 game in Baker, that's 10 strikes and two spares,andquot; he said. andquot;If we start bowling like that on a consistent basis, nobody will be able to touch us.andquot;

The next tournament for BHHS will be on Dec. 21. The girls will be in Medford at Roxy Anne Lanes and the boys travel to Caveman Bowl in Grants Pass. Both matches begin at 9 a.m.