By Josh Bronson

Pilot staff writer

For the first time this season, the Brookings-Harbor High School bowling team did not place in the top two at a tournament.

Unfortunately for the Bruins, it was the district meet where their first slip-up of the year happened.

andquot;Obviously we're disappointed,andquot; Coach Randy Scruggs said. andquot;But it was still a great season and a fun journey.andquot;

After placing second in each of the first five tournaments of the year, the Bruins took fifth place at the district meet at Showtime Family Lanes in Grants Pass on Sunday.

The top three teams from the district advanced to the state tournament in Beaverton on Feb. 23 and 24.

andquot;We just didn't have it this time,andquot; Scruggs said. andquot;We've never been this far before. It's more intense than I thought and we ran out of gas.andquot;

The Bruins finished the first qualifying round in third place, but after the field was cut again from six to three teams, the Bruins found themselves sitting in fifth place.

But the Bruin bowlers did not go away empty handed.

For the second year in a row, the team was awarded the Best Team Sportsmanship Award, as voted on by other teams in the district.

Junior Steven Scruggs also received the Best Individual Sportsmanship Award and finished fifth in the district for varsity All-Star points on the season.

All-Star points are based on how many strikes and spares a bowler gets in comparison to how many frames they bowl.

Senior Skyler Shuford finished first in All-Star points in JV division.

At the district tournament, freshman Dillon Schofield finished second in varsity district All-Star points and qualified for the Oregon High School All-Star Tournament in Gladstone on Saturday and Sunday, March 8 and 9.

The girls bowling team will compete in their district tournament on Sunday, Feb. 10 at Caveman Bowl in Grants Pass.