Bear bowlers improving, but fall to McMinn County
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Nov 01, 2013 | 477 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bradley Central’s bowling teams may have come out on the short end in this week’s District 5 match with McMinn County, but first-year head coach Don Burke noticed some definite improvement.

“When we bowled them (McMinn) up there (Athens) a week or so ago, they beat us by 500 pins, this week we lost by just 67,” remarked Coach Burke. “We had a lot of close matches.”

“We’re improving every game,” he assessed. “We’re in a rebuilding year. The kids are putting in a good effort and it’s showing.”

The Cherokees claimed the match by a 20.5-6.5 tally, while McMinn took the girls’ match 23.5-3.5.

“The final score doesn’t sound like a close match, but when you look at the individual game scores, you can see many of them were decided by 10 pins either way,” Coach Burke related.

In the boys’ match, the Cherokee won all three rounds, taking the first set by just 29 pins, the second by 30 and the final round by only eight pins. McMinn took the total pin fall count by a 2,729-2,662 margin.

Bradley’s Alec Norwood rolled his highest series of the season with a 581, featuring a 209 high game. Mitchell Baker posted a 200-game in his 475 series, while Ryan Chapman and Tanner Ratcliff had three-game tallies of 446 and 432 respectively.

Chloe Wallace topped the Bearette effort with a 377 series, while Callie Morgan posted a 327. Kealey Collins tied for the match’s high game with a 177.

The Lady Cherokees claimed the final pin fall by a 2,219-1,995 margin.

Bradley will return to the Leisure Time Bowling Center on Tuesday when Silverdale Baptist Academy comes to roll. The Bear squads will host Chattanooga Central on Wednesday.