Bowling team strikes again

Marshfield’s bowling team qualified for the state tournament after doing well at the district competion. The state tournement was held from february 22-24.

By Beau Hunter | Reporter

After competing in tournaments on a weekly basis and placing in the top two in district competition, the bowlers on the boys MHS bowling team earned themselves a spot in the state competition late last month.      

       The state tournament, which included the top 16 teams from each boys and girls division, was held in Bend from Feb. 22-24. The first day featured singles competition, which was individual bowlers from each team, while the second and third days included double-elimination team competition. Prior to the competition, freshman Jordan Clark thought his team stood a good chance of placing well in the tournament.

“I think we have a pretty good chance of placing in at least the top four,” Clark said. “And if we’re having a good day we could definitely take it, I think.”

The Pirates, who include senior Curtis Ware, junior Jayce Morgan, sophomores David Haynes, Alex Minyard and TylerVassar, and Clark, ended up finishing in eighth place.

            To qualify for state, the Pirates placed second in the district competition on Jan. 27 in Eugene. Only the top two teams in each district advanced to the state tournament.

The relatively young team made great strides throughout the season to improve.

Some, like Clark, sensed he and his team members were not bowling to their full potential early on, but improved throughout the season.

“We didn’t bowl too good early in the season, but as the season progressed we did much better and improved,” Clark said.

The team, coached by Clark’s father, Luke Clark, put in a great deal of time prior to the district and state competitions and the bowlers began to see their efforts pay off. Competing every Sunday and practicing a minimum of three times per week, they began to perform at a level they felt was acceptable.

 “We did a lot of stuff to get better,” Minyard said. “We practiced on our own as well, which helped us get better.”

Vassar agrees.

“I think I’ve improved a lot as the season has progressed,” Vassar said.

Clark is pleased with what his team accomplished and looks forward to next season.

“I feel we have worked hard this season,” Clark said. “And as far as we came, I’m pretty proud of the team.”