Strike Force Dominates Southwest Region Bowling

Edwin Cabalda, Staff Writer

As the Bowling Strike Force continued to dominate, winter was a season full of breaking and setting records for the Spring Valley men’s and women’s bowling teams. The men’s bowling team had another undefeated season against the Southwest region bowlers with a record of 50 wins and only four losses.

Not to be out done by the men’s team, the Spring Valley women’s bowling team made their second appearance to the playoffs with a third place standing.

The girls bowling team had an exciting season with their first playoff appearance in several years. They came in the playoffs with a record of 30-24 and beat out rival Gorman for third place. Jill Sabol said about making the playoffs, “It feels good to dominate.”

Courtney Conway bowled a season high of 200 for the women. During the first round the women’s bowling team won their first match against Cimarron High School, until falling two points to seven.

The men’s bowling team went undefeated once again in the Southwest region with captain Spenser Blank leading the way. They set many new records as they posted the only 884 game of the season. “It was an experience of a lifetime,” said junior Glenn Smith about their undefeated season.

Both Sophomore Donald Keith and Senior Spenser Blank broke Spring Valley records during the season. Donald Keith bowled a 297 during the season and set a personal best of 702 in his three game series. His 297 was number one in the Sunset region and also the Clark County School District for the 2010 school year. Donald said, “It feels great because now my score is in the record books.”

Spenser Blank also set a Spring Valley record, bowling a 279 and a 679 in a three game series.  Spenser Blank said, “It’s pretty awesome knowing that I can match up with the best in the region.”

They came into the playoffs expecting another trip to the state championship round but were stopped in the third round by the eventual State Champions Centennial High School with a score of 7-2.  In the days before, the bowling team defeated Cimarron High School 5-4 and demolished Arbor View 7-2.  In the end, Centennial High School defeated SECTA by one pin to win their state championship title.

The Spring Valley bowling team looks to seek another banner in the gym for the next season as most of the varsity team’s players will return with the exception of senior, Spenser Blank.