As the weather drops below freezing and the wind blows an arctic chill across the area, the lanes are heating up as the high school bowling regular season winds down and tournament time starts up.
The junior varsity finished up their season at Norwood Bowl with an individual scholarship tournament. Alexandria made a strong showing on the girl’s side with the top two seeds representing the Tigers. Emily Flook took home first place by outscoring teammate Anna Etherington in the stepladder finals.
Anderson’s Charlie Colip took home fourth place with Noblesville’s Jordan Calamusa finishing third. Justin Sayre of Alexandria finished second and Noblesville’s Sam Fields claimed the championship in the stepladder finals.
As the JV finished up their season, the varsity finished up their regular season last week with a position round hosted by Stardust. There was a tie on both the boy’s and girl’s side. Alexandria and Anderson tied for the conference championship on the girl’s side with both teams recording an 11-2 record.
On the boy’s side, with a 12-1 record, Alexandria, Pendleton and Noblesville made for a three way tie for the conference championship.
With no clear cut advantage, the sectional race just got a little more heated. While the boys travel to Wells Lanes in Elwood, the girl’s will travel to Alexandria’s Norwood.
A 1 p.m. start time on Saturday kicks off the singles event of the sectional for both. Bowling as individuals, three games will be bowled with the top eight girls and top 15 boys advancing to the regional. The top four series’ on both sides will advance to a stepladder final to determine the sectional champions.
Sunday begins at 1 p.m. also for the team event. Each team will bowl two regular games. They will then be seeded and lanes assigned by seeding for five baker games. The top four boys teams and top two girls teams will advance to the regional. All teams advancing will continue to a stepladder final to determine sectional champions.
Regional will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1 in Richmond at Richmond 40.
If that isn’t enough bowling, Cooper’s will host the 2014 Indiana Masters Championship this weekend. This is considered the state’s premier singles tournament. Professionals and amateurs alike will put their skills to the test on a difficult sport shot.
Tonight starts off with sweepers being held at 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Saturday is qualifying day with squads at 9:30 a.m., 1, 4:30 and 8 p.m. Sunday’s semi-finals are at 9:30 a.m., with the finals set to start 11.
There is plenty to choose from this weekend. I will take in the high school sectionals dividing my time between the two centers. Before and after that, I’ll head over to watch the Masters.
Congratulations to Steven Pursley on rolling a 300 game on Wednesday night in the Pick Your Partner league at Cooper’s Sport Bowl. This was his first perfect game. Pursley finished the night with a 746 series.
Just a reminder that all Saturday morning youth leagues do not bowl at Cooper’s that day because of the Masters Tournament.