The Emerald Ridge girls bowling team has won four straight matches to start the season.
The Jaguars have rattled off victories against the Beamer Titans, Jefferson Raiders, Rogers Rams and Federal Way Eagles just one season after they struggled to a 1-4 start.
“It is a really good start and is a lot better than last year,” Emerald Ridge coach Al McCormack said. “The girls are coming together as a team.”
Veteran returners Elisa Couch, Amy Hanson, Kenzie Forgey and Kenzie Lewis are leading the team, and newcomer Kate Lane has provided a boost.
“Kenzie Lewis and Kenzi Forgey are our two left-handers and are getting better every day,” McCormack said. “Amy and Elisa have been our steady mainstays in the lineup. Kate is brand new to bowling this year. She had never bowled before and is learning the game very well at the varsity level.”
The Jaguars, who placed eighth at the Class 4A state tournament last year, are looking to regain the form they had during their three straight state championships from 2009-11.
“The girls take a lot of pride in what our bowling program has done over the years,” McCormack said. “Our ultimate goal is to get to the state tournament and do as well as we can. The girls are positive and upbeat. We can make it there again.”
The Jaguars’ cohesion plays a pivotal role in their success, McCormack said.
“When we walk into the bowling alley for practice or a match, our team is very energetic,” he said. “There is a lot of positive energy. Our practices have been going really well. We go into bowling matches with confidence. Teams have to beat us, because we will not beat ourselves.”