Chugiak bowlers finish season second, third
Chugiak’s girls edged Eagle River by just three points to finish the bowling season in second place behind Dimond at the Final Bowl-Off on Feb. 7 at Eagle River Bowl.
“I’m thrilled,” Mustangs’ head coach Teri Schneider said. “I’m very happy to finish up second.”
Chugiak’s boys and Eagle River’s girls both finished third. Dimond swept the team titles.
Chugiak’s girls had been atop the Anchorage Scholastic Bowling League standings until Week 7 when their 11-point lead over Dimond disappeared after Eagle River cruised to a 23-point victory over the Mustangs and the Lynx thumped West 31-4.
Chugiak would have liked to finish first, Schneider said, but that was unlikely due to Dimond’s 14-point lead going into the season’s final match.
Eagle River’s girls chipped away at Chugiak’s eight-point lead, but didn’t roll up to their potential, Wolves’ head coach Lynn Kocher said.
“We could have done better,” she said.
But, Kocher said, ending the season with some hardware is an accomplishment.
“I’m happy that the girls stayed in third,” she said.
Despite finishing behind Chugiak’s girls and boys, Kocher had nothing but praise for the Mustangs.
“I know the Chugiak kids, too, so I’m happy for them,” she said. “We’re all friends. There isn’t really any rivalry.”
One bright spot for the Wolves came from newcomer Keegan Crow. The sophomore rolled a 188 average at the Final Bowl-Off, 70 points higher than his 118 season average.
“He really did bowl out of his head,” Kocher said.
Kocher attributed Crow’s late-season success to his attitude.
“He’s the most enthusiastic new bowler I’ve ever seen,” she said. “He’s really into it.”
Chugiak’s girls have been steady all season, Schneider said.
“They’ve been a great team,” she said.
Adding 2007 Chugiak graduate Donny Washburn as an assistant coach helped the boys’ team, Schneider said.
“Because he’s young he’s been great with the boys,” she said.
Schneider attributed Chugiak’s success to having 21 encouraging, respectful bowlers.
“It makes it nice when they want to learn how to bowl,” she said.
Eagle River wasn’t as fortunate as Chugiak and fielded the smallest team since the program started in 2005, Kocher said.
“We kind of had a scant group this year,” she said. “I hope that we have more people next year.”
Kocher said she’s always seeking new bowlers — no matter how much, or little, knowledge of the game they have.
“You don’t need experience,” she said.
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