By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
After qualifying for the semifinals in fourth place, the Brookings-Harbor High School varsity bowling team took out two more opponents on their way to a second place finish at Showtime Family Lanes in Grants Pass Sunday.
andquot;We barely qualified for the semis,andquot; Coach Randy Scruggs said. andquot;But then we came back and bowled well in the semis.andquot; The Bruins finished the preliminary rounds in fourth with 4,774 pins - only 34 pins ahead of Crater in fifth place.
Steven Scruggs bowled extremely well in the 12 baker games - hitting 18 of 24 strikes to help the Bruins get to semifinals.
In the first match-up of the semis, the Bruins annihilated the North Medford Black Tornado by 146 pins (457-311), bowling an excellent 258 in the second baker game.
The Bruins then went head-to-head with second place Roseburg and edged them out by a mere four pins (375-371).
In the first of two baker games, Roseburg downed the Bruins by 13 pins (202-189).
The Bruins stayed consistent in the second game and bowled a 186, but Roseburg faltered and bowled a 169, allowing the Bruins to come back and win by four pins.
After taking their first two matches of the semifinals, the Bruins faced off against the powerhouse Grants Pass Cavemen in the finals.
Grants Pass jumped out to a 26-pin lead after the first baker game (224-198).
But the Bruins gave the Cavemen a scare as they beat them in game two, but still lost by just nine pins overall to take second place for the second time this year.
andquot;We had 'em on the ropes and they knew it,andquot; Scruggs said.
The varsity girls team finished ninth out of ten teams in the preliminary rounds, finishing with a final score of 2,979.
Once again, the Bruins were commended for their demeanor on the lanes, receiving three team awards for their sportsmanship.
andquot;That's just as important to me as anything else,andquot; Scruggs said about the sportsmanship awards.
While the varsity boys and girls were bowling in Grants Pass, the two JV boys' teams were at Nickel Bowl in Myrtle Creek.
Both JV teams qualified for the semifinals, with the JV Gold team finishing the preliminary rounds in second (4,260) and the JV Blue team finishing in third (4,161).
Unfortunately, both Bruin teams fell to a surging North Medford team who finished second overall.
The JV Blue team took fourth place overall, losing to North Medford by just two pins (317-315), while the JV Gold team took third overall, falling to North Medford by 57 pins (339-287).
The next meet for the bowling teams will be on Sunday, Dec. 16. The varsity and JV boys will be at Roxy Ann Lanes in Medford while the varsity girls will be bowling at Caveman Bowl in Grants Pass.