The Rogers High School girls bowling team didn’t start off the season the way they had envisioned. The Rams bounced back from three straight losses to even their record at 4-4 the midpoint of the season. Rogers will have the next few weeks off for winter break before it takes the lanes against the Bethel Braves on Jan. 7. Rams’ head coach Justin Wisness said his team is improving on a day-to-day basis.
“We were struggling early on a little bit,” he said. “We always hope to peak later in the season, so I wasn’t necessarily that concernedabout it. I think the best is yet to come with this team. We are struggling with our spare shooting, and that is something we’ve been working on during practice.”
Wisness said it takes concentration and preparation to proficiently knock down spares.
“We try a lot of different games in practice,” he said. “We play low ball, where we try to get the lowest score while still hitting the pins. We also talk about strategy and understanding the different oil patterns at the different bowling alleys. This year, we’ve struggled at Secoma Lanes in Federal Way. We’re still getting used to their oil patterns.”
Alyssa Feller has been the team’s top bowler through the first eight matches, Wisness said. Feller, who bowled a 230 against Puyallup this season, placed third individually last year at the Class 4A state tournament.
“Alyssa has not only been meeting expectations, she has been exceeding expectations,” Wisness said. “She has been our high bowler in every match this year.”
Wisness said he’s looking forward to getting in some practice during winter break.
“This year we’ve been having three matches a week, which doesn’t give you a lot of practice time,” he said. “We just want to continue to get better.”