Puyallup High School bowling head coach Anne Carpenter knows how important this month is for her team.
The Vikings, who will play in seven matches during the next two weeks, are looking to improve their 9-3 record.
“We’re getting down to the nitty gritty,” Carpenter said. “The girls are excited about getting started again. We want to finish strong. That’s all we have to do.”
The Vikings had close to 2 1/2 weeks off from South Puget Sound League dual matches due to winter break, but the team still competed. Carpenter put together an alumni match on Dec. 31 and mixed current varsity bowlers with former Vikings.
“It was such a fun day,” Carpenter said. “We had bowlers who bowled for the team from four or five years ago show up. It was just a great time. We had breakfast together and just enjoyed New Year’s Eve day.”
The biggest showdown will take place Jan. 15, when Puyallup will face the Curtis Vikings and Emerald Ridge Jaguars in a tri-match.
“We bowl so much better when we don’t stress ourselves out,” Carpenter said. “I want our team just to have fun and do the best we can.”
The Vikings are one of the youngest teams in the SPSL’s South Division.
“We have three freshmen, three sophomores and one senior on our team,” Carpenter said. “I have to remind the girls to not let their frustration get to them when things are going wrong. The key for us will be to just stay focused. We will be fine. We’ve been getting better at that all season long.”
Carpenter said sophomore Amber Henneberry is the Vikings’ top bowler.
“She doesn’t like to lose and is an emotional young lady,” Carpenter said. “She has been so consistent for us all season. She has just stayed steady, no matter what has happened. She is awesome.”