Trojans roll to huge win in season opener

It didn’t take long for the Olympic Trojans girls bowling team to show its determination in improving on the lanes.

The Trojans rolled — no, steamrolled — Mount Tahoma in the season opener Thursday, winning 2-1 and proving much to themselves and the rest of the Narrows League in the process.

Oly dropped a close first game, 790-762, before dominating the second, 854 to 738. In the Baker game, the Trojans topped the Thunderbirds 140-114.

The Trojans’ 854 points in game two is already 80 points higher than the team rolled all of last season.

“It felt really good,” first-year Oly coach Twyla Falteisek said. “I felt good for them. I didn’t feel like I had anything to do with it but that’s OK.”

Falteisek, who has bowled competitively but not coached prior to taking the Oly job, said that with 24 girls turning out, this year’s squad has the depth that could take them the extra distance.

And leading the charge again this season for Oly is junior Erin Howard, who rolled a 400 high series and had the second highest game score of 203. Mt. Tahoma’s Bethany Schatz had the high game score of 212.

While Falteisek said she didn’t know what to expect, she’s been very impressed with the team thus far.

“I was a little nervous. I didn’t know what to expect,” she said. “But the girls seemed to be dedicated. They want to learn. It’s good to see they don’t just go out there and goof around.”

That showed early, with Kristy Szymborski right on Howard’s heels with her high game of 185 and series of 356.

Olympic freshman Alaina Howell, junior Destiny Droge and senior Sarah Crawford are just a few of the bowlers Falteisek expects to make contributions for the Trojans. But with a deep talented JV team as well, Falteisek said there will be some competition for the coveted varsity spots throughout the year.

“They all seem to do well together,” she said of the current varsity lineup. “They’re probably a little nervous because there’s a lot of good players behind them. But they want to finish their senior year with a winning streak. And they are respected by the people coming in. They see what they have to look up to.”

In the JV opener, the Trojans had one game score of 743, a score that would have sixth overall when stacked against last season’s varsity results. Emily Heffner led the JV with a high game of 159 and series of 298.

“The JV average is about 127 to 116,” Falteisek said. “So they’re still pretty good. We’ve got some good ones coming up. With the seniors that will be leaving, we’ve got a lot of sophomores and juniors coming up.”

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