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Cove bowler James Norris on verge of earning district’s top individual honor

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Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 4:30 am

James Norris led Copperas Cove to the Central Texas District bowling championship on Tuesday with a two-game average of 249.

Now this Bulldawg is hungry for something else.

“It would really mean a lot to me to become the MVB (Most Valuable Bowler) of our district,” Norris said.

Cove is 9-0 with one district match left. On Tuesday, Norris and the Bulldawgs square off against Ellison at Hallmark Lanes.

The Most Valuable Bowler is awarded annually to the district bowler with the highest average.

Norris, a junior, is averaging 219. Ahead of him is Ellison’s Jordan Garza with a 220.

“Jordan and I have a bit of a rivalry,” Norris said. “We’re really good friends and we talked about the MVB.

“He’s a senior so he joked with me saying that he’s entitled to the award this year. He told me that I’ve got a shot at this award next year. I was laughing. I told him that it would all be better if I just had the award two years in a row—this year and next year.

“In all seriousness, the award would mean a lot to me. I started off this season real well and then Jordan passed me. So I’ve had to do some catching up.”

Norris and his teammates clinched the district title with an 11-6 victory over Harker Heights.

“It was really exciting to win the title,” Norris said. “We felt a lot of pressure going into the match but all the Cove boys came through, and we got the title.”

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