The Bruin bowling teams got their seasons underway Sunday, Nov. 16, with tournaments in Brookings and Medford.

The boys participated in their first match of the year at Roxy Anne Lanes in Medford.

The JV squad had two teams competing, Blue and Gold. The Blue team had a high game of 152 and Larance Knauss recorded a 193 for Gold's high score.

The Gold team qualified second in their match, and took on Grants Pass in the semi-final. Gold fell just short and finished third in the tournament.

The varsity team, led by Captain Steven Scruggs, registered three games at or above 212; Dave Wiggins bowled a 213, Scruggs had two 212s. Jake Campbell had a personal high of 192.

The varsity Bruins ended up fourth after the qualifying round and bowled Roseburg in a quarter-final, two game playoff. As with the JV Gold, the varsity team narrowly missed a victory, but ended up fourth in their tournament.

Head Coach Randy Scruggs said overall he liked what he saw Sunday, and the season ahead will give them plenty of chances to improve.

andquot;I see a lot of potential in both the veterans and the new kids. We just need to work on some fundamentals,andquot; he said. andquot;I think we're going to have another phenomenal year.andquot;

The girls' team got off to a good start as well, according to Head Coach Donna Knauss.

Sunday morning the team - comprised of three returning bowlers and four new ladies - did andquot;quite well,andquot; Knauss said, finishing seventh in the tournament.

The lady Bruins were also recognized after the event for their sportsmanship, receiving one team award and five individual honors.

Knauss said she's excited about prospects this year.

andquot;The only thing that would make it better would be to have more ladies join the team,andquot; she said. andquot;It would be awesome to have a JV team as well.andquot;

Up next for the Bruins: the boys in Roseburg at Ten Pin Down, the girls at Nickel Bowl in Myrtle Creek. Both tournaments take place on Dec. 7.