Teens bowl their way to state

A thunk is followed by the hollow sound of pins falling, and the mechanical hiss of the pinsetter.

These are common sounds for the Duncan bowling team, who went to their regionals and state competitions recently. The seven-member team consists of juniors Clayton Moore, Blake Lugo, Drey Triche, Bobbie Fowler, Jared Norton and Ronnie Heare, and sophomore Sheldon Yeargan, and is coached by Jean Brund.

The team went to regionals on Feb. 15 in Fort Sill to compete against 16 teams for a chance to go to state. They placed first at regionals, and Moore was excited.

“It felt good to win at regionals,” Moore said. “After winning, I felt like we could go all the way.”

After winning at regionals, the team went to Oklahoma City’s Freedom Lanes on Feb. 22 to compete against eight teams at state. Despite their best efforts and Fowler’s strikes and pick-ups, they placed in second. Despite the loss, they plan on getting better, so they can win state next year.

“We’ll be practicing more over the summer,” Moore said.

Moore also stated that he would like it if the team were recognized as an official Duncan High sport, instead of an unofficial team. Yet he also feels that it would hurt the team, due to the fact that it would give them enough members to have male and female teams. One  of their best bowlers is a female, as well.

Whatever the case, Moore feels like the team could win state next year, with enough practice.