A perfect 300 Baker game was the major factor that earned Glen Este’s varsity boys bowling team first place in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference (FAVC) Tournament that took place at Northwest Lanes, on lucky Saturday, Jan. 13.
A Baker game consists of the five team members each bowling two frames, one and six, two and seven, three and eight, four and nine, and five and ten, respectively.
The quintet of Trojans – senior co-captains Kevin Briggs and Matt Clyburn, junior Ryan Leinberger, and sophomores Dustin Brinson and Mike Jones each rolled two strikes when their opportunity arrived.
Kathy Demarko, Glen Este head coach, scanned a seven-year history of records and contacted high school bowling authorities in the area and none can recall or find any documentation of any records of a previous 300 Baker game being accomplished
Brinson bowled the top series in the tournament with a 724. He and teammate Briggs (670 total) earned all-tournament recognition.
On the girls side of the ledger, GE was third among the 14 teams with a 3432. Wilmington was the victor with 3863 and Winton Woods was a distant runner-up with 3485. Amelia's girls are showing improvement and the Barons were in the upper half of the FAVC earning seventh place with a 3009.
Glen Este junior Noelle Beagle earned all-tourney honors by knocking down an impressive total of 577 pins.
"It was a boxing match between Mason and us all day. The score kept see-sawing back and forth between first and second place," said Demarko. "We had lost to them earlier in the year and so this was a revenge for us."
The GE mentor was very proud of her charges' 300 game. "This was the most exciting thing I've ever been involved in. It was an incredible event. I got them fired up before we got off the bus when I read them the good things written about them in 'The Clermont Sun.' And that seemed to get them fired-up and ready.
"Everyone was so classy to us and cheering for us when they found out we were getting near a 300. Everyone stopped their bowling and watched us and cheered."