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Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 4:30 am

On March 29-30 in San Antonio, the Copperas Cove Bulldawgs and Lady Bulldawgs will each compete for the team title in the Texas State Bowling Championships.

On Wednesday, team members were practicing at Killeen’s Hallmark Lanes.

“We know it will be a completely different environment in San Antonio than what we’re used to,” said junior James Norris, the Bulldawgs top bowler with a 220 average. “Every team there will be very good. What’s most important, I think, is that we keep up with the hype and team energy that we showed at regionals.”

The Bulldawgs won the regional championship by a comfortable margin over runner-up John Jay. Cove was led by Norris, who finished fourth as an individual, and senior Robert Bigford (who placed fifth).

“John Jay was a good team,” Bigford said. “They were putting up big scores before they played us. But we were really loud and enthusiastic when we bowled against them and we got in their heads. John Jay’s two worst scores of the tournament came against us.”

Also competing for the Bulldawgs in San Antonio will be Jacob Reed, Nate Cerniglia, Kapua Camacho, Curtis Bragg, Josh Huffman and Nate Butler.

Norris and Bigford, by virtue of their high finishes at regionals, will also compete for the individual championship in San Antonio.

Lady Bulldawgs Stephani Brown and Dakota Stutz will also compete in San Antonio for the individual crown.

“What I’m practicing on now is knocking down the No. 7 pin,” said Stutz, a sophomore who finished fourth in the regional tournament.

“That’s one spare that’s important I make. I do feel I’m pretty versatile so I feel I’ll be able to make the necessary adjustments once I get to San Antonio.”

Brown, who won the regional title by the dominating margin of 66 pins, concurred that in-tournament adjustments will be critical to success in San Antonio.

“If my ball is coming up high, I’d need to move my feet or move my mark to compensate for that,” she said.

“Making the proper adjustments is huge.”

Joining Brown and Stutz in team competition will be Jessica Reed, Brytni Jones, Addie Ganyard and Ashlee Huffman.

“We’ll do really well at the state meet as a team,” Brown said. “We just have to keep our attitudes up and stay focused. I believe we have the potential to win it.”

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