Cove vs. Heights Bowling

Copperas Cove’s Jacob Reed takes his turn during Tuesday’s bowling match against Harker Heights. Reed and the Bulldawgs won 11-6 to clinch the Central Texas District championship. Harker Heights has also qualified for the regional tournament.

Bryan Correira | Herald

The Copperas Cove Bulldawgs clinched the Central Texas District championship by defeating Harker Heights on Tuesday, 11-6. The match was held at Hallmark Lanes. 

Cove was led by James Norris and Robert Bigford, who averaged 249 and 206, respectively.

“James was really hitting the pocket,” Bigford said. “He was pretty close to perfect. In one game, he had nine straight strikes. Overall, it feels very good to win the district title and I thought the key to the win was that we bowled as a team.”

Cove upped its record to 9-0. Heights fell to 6-3. Both teams will advance into the postseason.

“Our guys bowled well today,” said Bulldawgs head coach Jerry Stutz. “We pulled it out against the No. 2 team in the district. This match could have gone either way. I’m glad that Heights made the playoffs, too. Our district will be well represented in the regionals.”

“I’m proud of our boys team,” said Heights head coach Garry McNiesh. “They’re the only team in our district that has stuck close to Copperas Cove in both of our matches. We just missed a few too many spares today.”

McNiesh’s Lady Knights defeated Cove 9-8 and need a victory over Shoemaker (4-6) in the season finale next week to clinch the district title.

The Lady Knights are 8-1, the Lady Dawgs are 7-2.

“Our girls worked a lot in practice on spare shooting and that practice paid off today,” McNiesh said.

Eva Avans led Heights with a 193 average.

“I just focused on hitting my mark, hitting my spares and doing my best,” Avans said. “Our team acted like a true team today and that’s what we needed to do. Picking up our spares was so key for us because Copperas Cove is on it most of the time.”

“I’m really proud of Eva Avans,” McNiesh said. “She has really improved a lot on her average this year.”

The Lady Dawgs were led by Dakota Stutz, who averaged a 196.

“It was a competitive match,” Dakota said. “But as long as we can make it to the state tournament, I think we’ll do great there.”

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