Mill Valley girls, St. James boys bowling teams win season openers
The Mill Valley girls and St. James Academy boys bowling teams kicked off their respective seasons with first-place finishes on Tuesday at Park Lanes.
Mill Valley's Bri Laluk and St. James' Grant Huerter were crowned as the individual champions.
Laluk led all bowlers with a three-game series of 597. She posted high game scores of 230, 180 and 187 for the Jaguars. Mill Valley placed five of its bowlers in the top six. Tori Benson (442 series), Abby Berner (412), Bri Davis (409) and Emily Jackson placed third through sixth, respectively. Sydney Jackson rolled a 365 series to take 11th.
The Jaguars knocked down 1,917 pins to win the girls tournament by nearly 400 pins. St. James followed in second with 1,542 pins. Blue Valley Southwest (1,479), BV West (1,412) and Blue Valley (1,365) rounded out the girls team standings. The three Blue Valley schools did not field boys teams.
Carey Lawrence paced the St. James girls squad with a series of 490, which was good for second place. Lawrence got better as the tournament went on with scores of 140, 170 and 177 — all of which were high games for the Thunder. Meredith Bierbaum also cracked the top 10 after rolling a series of 380 to take seventh place.
The Thunder and Jaguars were the only two teams in action on the boys side. St. James posted a final team score of 2,142, while the Jaguars finished with a total of 1,980.
Just like Lawrence, Huerter improved game-by-game with scores of 146, 191 and 216. Christian Kaufman and Tanner Nelson followed Huerter in second and third with respective series scores of 545 and 530. Thomas Reece (sixth place, 456 series), Burk Schreiner (eighth, 452) and Ryan Bednar (10th, 433) all finished in the top 10.
Jack Matchette and Brad Teasley rolled respective series scores of 527 and 519 to take fourth and fifth for the Jaguars. Mill Valley's Gabriel Hakes (seventh, 453) and Kyle Hirner (ninth, 442) also finished in the top 10. Ethan Lancaster and Carsyn Turpin both rolled series of 407 for the Jaguars to round out the field. Lancaster won the tiebreaker to finish 11th since he had the high game.