Emerald Ridge bowlers on a roll with postseason around corner

Preps: Jaguars have stabilized averages and are working on Baker-game consistency

of the HeraldJanuary 1, 2014 

Emerald Ridge High School bowler Amy Hanson unleashes a shot down the alley during a match last season. Hanson is in her second season with the Jaguars’ bowling team.

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The Emerald Ridge Jaguars cruised into winter break on a hot streak with five wins in their last seven bowling matches.

The Jaguars, who are 9-2 overall, are peaking at the right time.

“We’re doing great and just cruised into break on a roll,” head coach Al McCormack said. “We’re very excited with how we are playing right now. We’re starting to get consistent with our scores across the board and haven’t been so much of an up-and-down team. Our averages have been great.”

The area where the Jaguars have seen the most improvement is in their Baker games.

“We have putting an emphasis and effort on that aspect of our game,” McCormack said. “We’re starting to gel right now.”

The Jaguars are enjoying an 18-day break before they face Spanaway Lake on Jan. 7.

McCormack said his team needs to be ready for the South Puget Sound League tournament, which will be held this month.

“After we get back from break, it’s going to be the stretch run,” he said. “Only two and half more weeks until the postseason begins. We have a lot of confidence right now. Everybody understands really well what we have to do and what is at stake.”

Junior co-captain Elisa Couch is leading the team.

“Elisa just gets stronger and stronger as the season goes a long,” McCormack said. “She is the workhorse and is a valuable part of our team.”

Sports Editor Shaun Scott can be reached at 253-552-7002.

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