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Bowling Cove’s Brown uses steady focus to capture regional girls crown

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Posted: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 4:30 am

Copperas Cove senior Stephani Brown captured the 2014 Region V Girls Singles Bowling title on Sunday at Hallmark Lanes with a 207 average. 

Brown dominated the competition, winning the crown by 66 total pins over the five-game event.

“I didn’t even know any other bowlers’ scores as I was competing,” Brown said. “I just kept focused on doing what I needed to do, keeping my head clear from all distractions.”

Brown led all competitors after three games. She rolled a 214 in Game 4 and led her nearest competitor by 26 pins. She capped off her strong afternoon with a 210.

“Stephani stayed steady all day,” said Cove head coach Jerry Stutz.

“I was very impressed with Stephani,” said Harker Heights head coach Garry McNiesh.

“She just ran away from everyone in this regional tournament.”

“The amount of people there can bring on a lot of pressure,” Brown said. “The important thing is to just focus and not let a bad ball distract you.

“If you roll a bad ball, just move on.”

This was Brown’s first regional crown.

“Before the season, this was a goal I set for myself,” she said. “So to have achieved it makes me feel very proud.”

Brown’s teammate Dakota Stutz finished fourth and, like Brown, advanced to the state tournament on March 29-30 in San Antonio.

Killeen High School’s Amanda Morgan finished fifth with a 182 and she, too, will compete in San Antonio.

“It felt really great to advance to state,” said Stutz, who averaged 183.

“The key for me was that I didn’t let my nerves get to me.”

As for Brown’s performance, Dakota said, “I was very happy for Stephani and I’m very glad that it was a Cove girl that won the championship.”

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