BOWLERS TAKE SECOND, PREPARE FOR DISTRICT TOURNEY

January 29, 2008 11:00 pm
Senior Skyler Shuford (left) shows a young bowler where to aim his ball on the lane while Gary Kerr (right) instructs him on his approach. (The Pilot/Josh Bronson).
Senior Skyler Shuford (left) shows a young bowler where to aim his ball on the lane while Gary Kerr (right) instructs him on his approach. (The Pilot/Josh Bronson).

By Josh Bronson

Pilot staff writer

Heavy snowfall cut the latest Southern Oregon High School bowling tournament short Sunday at Lava Lanes in Medford.

After the qualifying rounds, the Brookings-Harbor High School varsity bowling team sat in second place, ready to compete in the semifinal matches.

But because of the constant snow, the tournament organizers cancelled the rest of the event to make sure everyone could get home safely.

With Sunday's shortened match, the varsity Bruin bowlers have now taken second at every tournament this year – making them the only team in the district to place in the top two at every tournament.

This weekend, the Bruins will travel to Showtime Family Lanes in Grants Pass to participate in the district meet, where the top two teams will qualify for the state tournament on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23 in Beaverton.

"If we bowl our game on Sunday, we could take district," Coach Randy Scruggs said. "There's no reason in the world we shouldn't qualify for state."

The five regulars on the varsity bowling team are Steven Scruggs, Cody Stumpenhaus, Steven Sanders, Blake Peters and Dillon Schofield.

On Sunday, Jan. 20, the Bruins bowled a make-up tournament at Caveman Bowl in Grants Pass.

Once again, the varsity team took second place, led by Scruggs, who bowled his first 700 series in the three regular games during the qualifying round.

The Bruins also bowled an outstanding 265 in one of their baker games.

On the JV side, the Brookings-Harbor Blue team won it all.

The Lady Bruin bowlers took sixth place overall during the make-up tournament and also earned six of the eight sportsmanship awards.

"The sportsmanship awards tell a lot about the character of a team," Scruggs said. "They are voted on by the other teams and it's important to us to be good winners, good losers and to have fun."

Today (Jan. 30), members of the bowling team, along with Coach Scruggs and Gary Kerr of Azalea Lanes, will be helping teach 20 youngsters the proper bowling techniques in the final installment of a four week instructional course.

After teaching the youth the basic bowling approach – step, push, swing, throw – the older bowlers then work one-on-one with the children, helping them improve their game and getting to know them in the process.

"It helps the high school kids as much as it helps the little ones," Scruggs said. "It's amazing how much you learn when you have to teach someone else."