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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Undefeated before 2017

Highlands Bowling Teams Search for State Crowns

PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, Highlands senior Tyler Spicer releases the ball in a match against Covington Holy Cross on Tuesday at LaRu Lanes in Highland Heights. Both Highlands bowling teams are undefeated at 8-0 on the season.
Christmas may be days away, but the Highlands bowling teams find themselves with the best gift after wins over Covington Holy Cross on Tuesday at LaRu Lanes in Highland Heights.

That's perfect 8-0 records.

The teams are heavy favorites to win Region 5. But both teams have bigger goals this season. That's the first state championships in school history. The Bluebirds finished state runner-up in 2014.

"Basically, it takes good bowlers who are dedicated and have the desire to go down there and win the state championship," said Glenn Schmidt, Highlands Head Coach. "That's what I try to instill in my bowlers to get them to the point to where they believe they can do it. I think the team this year is believing in that direction."

The Bluebirds beat Boone County, 3-2 in the first round last year before losing 3-0 to South Warren and the Ladybirds lost to eventual state champion Taylor County in the first round. Taylor County captured both state championships last year at Eastland Lanes in Lexington.

Junior Andy Campbell continues his impressive career averaging 241 pins out of a possible 300. That is 15 more than anyone in the region. Other key bowlers for the Bluebirds are senior Tyler Spicer, junior Hunter Kolb and freshman Jordan Cole.

The Ladybirds have four seniors in Kathryn Ball, Abbey Parrott, Maddy Shelton and Taylor Lorenz. Other key contributors are juniors Katelyn Schneider, Tessa Woody, sophomores Erin Field, Emrel Woody and eighth-grader Abby Bach.

"The team chemistry is great on both teams," Schmidt said. "They all get along together. They help each other and they hang out together. My girls have been together for like three years now. Beyond the five bowlers, I have so many who are so good that it's hard to find playing time for all of them."

The next match for the Bluebirds is Jan. 10 against Scott at LaRu Lanes at 3:30 p.m. Both teams take on Campbell County at 3:30 p.m. at Southern Lanes. The state tournament is Feb. 9 and 10 back at Eastland Lanes in Lexington.

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