Ellison High School bowling head coach Karin Ciesiolka, far right, talks to members of her team, including, from left, Ceasia Saxon, Donna Skinner and assistant coach Lisa Blackman, during the Region V Tournament on Sunday at Hallmark Lanes.

Central Texas District Most Valuable Bowler Jordan Garza finished runner-up in the Region V Boys Singles Championship and will advance to the state meet for the second consecutive year. 

Garza, a senior at Ellison, averaged a 221 on Sunday at Hallmark Lanes. Brandon Ortiz, of Bryan Rudder, took the title with a 225.

“It feels great to have finished in second,” Garza said. “Sure, I’d liked to have won it but second place is still a good showing.”

Garza’s coach Karin Ciesiolka was ecstatic.

“Jordan did a fantastic job,” she said. “In the prior years, Jordan had battles with confidence. But on Sunday, at regionals, he came out there feeling like he was the guy to beat.”

Last season, Garza finished No. 17 at state.

“My confidence is pretty high right now,” Garza said. “My goal at state this year will be to try and win it all as an individual. But, more importantly, I want my team to finish in the top 16 at state.”

Garza and his Eagles teammates advanced to the state meet (March 29-30 in San Antonio) by finishing third in the regional team event.

Contributing with Garza to Ellison’s third-place finish on Sunday were Christian Trinidad, Jeffrey Stamp, Justin Pusateri, Hunter Vann, Derrick King and Cameron Thomas.

The Lady Eagles also earned a state-meet berth in San Antonio by finishing fourth in the regional tournament.

“Our girls stayed together as a team on Sunday,” Ciesiolka said. “They lifted each other up when any one of them was down.”

Competing for the Lady Eagles were Samantha Kriner, Hayley Brooks, Brianna Walker, Ceasia Saxon, Donna Skinner, Marjerie Castro and Brigette Ayers.

“I’d like to see both our boys and girls teams advance to the top 16 at state,” Ciesiolka said. “And then from there, we’ll take it one match at a time.”

Contact Allan Mandell at amandell@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7566​ and read his blog at KDHPressbox.com

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