Trojan boys earn home win; girls second
Flamingo Lanes in Fairfield was packed full of onlookers Saturday for the high school bowling team’s final home meet of the season, and the Trojans gave their fans something to cheer about.
The Fairfield boys rolled their way to a dominant quadrangular victory on their home lanes, finishing with a score of 2705 to best runner-up Louisa-Muscatine by 65 pins. The Trojan girls scored 2165 to finish second only to defending state champion Keokuk, which finished the day with a score of 2339.
“Fairfield performed well on the day,” said Fairfield head coach Lisa Greenig. “Each bowler bowled close to — or over — his or her practice average every game. It was a great way to finish our last home meet of the season.”
The boys put together an outstanding round one, led by Mitch Goudy’s 410 series and Ben Hull’s series of 409, to score 1918. Louisa-Muscatine finished second in the round but still trailed by 175 pins headed into baker competition.
Fairfield also received top round one scores from Gabe Hull, who bowled a high game of 213 on his way to a 371 series, and Jacob Adam, who rolled consistently with games of 179 and 187. Andrew Chatfield and Brady Hammes bowled series scores of 362 and 345, respectively.
Although the boys “struggled” during the baker games, according to Greenig, they were able to secure a win with a round two score of 787.
“Our players are starting to understand there is more to bowling than the physical aspect. The mental game is proving to be just as important,” Greenig said. “A bowler must learn to concentrate and focus on his or her game without worrying about the competition. Worry causes tension, which in turn causes fundamental errors.”
For the Fairfield girls, progress continues to be the name of the game, and the Trojans showed plenty of it Saturday.
Alyssa Chatfield’s 347 series led the Trojans to a 1476 score in round one. Megan Harris scored 319 and Tracy Andermann turned in a two-game score of 286. Kristen Terrell (275), Jenna Nelson (249) and Madelyn Swan (240) also bowled for Fairfield.
“The girls also had a great outing. Our experienced bowlers were solid while our new girls continue to get improve. It’s exciting to see how much progress the new bowlers are making in such a short time,” said Greenig.
With the season entering the homestretch, Greenig looks for her Trojans to peak at the conference and district tournaments scheduled in February.
“Coach Bryan Marlay and I believe our bowlers are capable of competing against anyone. It’s just a matter of getting the kids to peak at the same time,” she said.
Both Trojan squads will again face off against Louisa-Muscatine Tuesday. They then have two more away meets prior to the conference tournament in Washington Feb. 9.
@ Flamingo Lanes, Fairfield
Varsity Boys: Fairfield 2705, L-M 2640, Keokuk 2454, Knoxville 2349
ROUND 1 — Fairfield: Mitch Goudy 410 (236, 174), Jacob Adam 366 (179, 187), Ben Hull 409 (187, 222), Brady Hammes 345* (152, 193), Gabe Hull 371 (158, 213), Andrew Chatfield 362 (169, 193), Total 1918; Keokuk 1686; Knoxville 1612; L-M 1743
ROUND 2 (BAKER) — Fairfield: 787 (144, 137, 182, 169, 155); Keokuk: 768; Knoxville: 737; L-M: 897
Varsity Girls: Keokuk 2339, Fairfield 2165, Knoxville 2034, L-M 1536
ROUND 1 — Fairfield: Tracy Andermann 286 (142, 144), Jenna Nelson 249 (120, 129), Madelyn Swan 240* (108, 132), Kristen Terrell 275 (148, 127), Megan Harris 319 (177, 142), Alyssa Chatfield 347 (176, 171), Total 1476; L-M: 926; Keokuk: 1554; Knoxville: 1344
ROUND 2 (BAKER) — Fairfield: 689 (142, 164, 118, 135, 130); L-M: 607; Keokuk: 785; Knoxville: 690