Bowling team outdueled by ChiefsCraff leads boys with a 217
The Fairfield High School bowling team made the trip to Keokuk to begin the season Tuesday afternoon.
Before we get into scores, let’s talk about how the competitions work. Both the girls’ and the boys’ varsity teams are comprised of six bowlers. In round one of a competition, each bowler completes two, 10 frame games. The scores are then added up and the bowler with the lowest combined score has their score dropped. In round two, which is called a baker game, the bowlers take turns bowling each frame in succession. Each team bowls a total of five games and then the totals are tallied.
The varsity boys lost a close match by the score of 2651-2581. Down 1859-1751 after round one, the boys closed the gap but not enough. Junior Cody Craff bowled a 217 and a 198 in round one to lead the Trojans. Both of those scores are above his practice average of 191. Chet Vogt bowled a 207 in his second game in round one, which is 54 points more than his practice average.
The girls’ team fell by the score of 2567-2039. Sara Trent bowled the individual high score for the girls, which was a 158. Madelyn Swan bowled a 144 in game two of round one.
“Varsity girls struggled a bit with first match jitters. There were many missed opportunities,” Fairfield coach Lisa Greenig said. “We will work on getting a consistent release point and then the girls will be able to better adjust to convert their spares. Improving their spare percentages will be critical for their improvement.”
The JV boys came up short 2112-1906. Wyatt Stark was a consistent anchor for the Trojans, bowling a 168 and a 161 in the first round.
The JV girls were victorious, taking their match by the score of 1852-1313. Junior Tracy Andermann bowled a 141 and a 130 in the first round to lead the Trojans.
The varsity squads hope to improve before Saturday’s match in Mt. Pleasant.
“Keokuk is a tough team. I’m pleased with how our team performed for their first outing,” Greenig said. “There are areas we will continue to work on. Having come close, without having our best outing, leaves me looking forward to a rematch when we host Keokuk.
“Our teams are young and I’m looking forward to seeing how much they improve throughout the season.”