The Valley Center High School Hornet bowlers started their AVCTL dual season against the defending league tournament champion Maize South Mavericks. While the Hornets played up to their competition, the Mavericks overwhelmed the Hornets with both power and accuracy.
Out of the gate, the Hornet men’s team started strong with a 213 from junior Cooper Watkins and a 191 from senior Wyatt Redburn. The strong scores continued into game two as senior Brayden Ruble hung a team-season high game of 220 that was complemented by senior Quintin Talbot’s 190 and Redburn’s 181. However, only one more 200, a 202 from junior Brayden Luedtke, wasn’t enough to match the eight 200 games posted by the Mavs. The Hornets were on the wrong end of a 2433 to 2302 decision and their first ever home dual loss.
“We definitely posted some scores, but Maize South is very consistent,” said coach Phillip Van Horn. “When they don’t strike, they leave high percentage spares. They just don’t miss a lot. Even when you play well, they are hard to beat.”
On the girls end, sophomore Dani Beauregard made history. Her first round 233 now stands as Valley Center’s high individual women’s score. It also marks the first time in Valley’s young history that all 18 women’s varsity games broke 100, which were highlighted by a 149 by senior Chloe Martens and 144s by junior Lynnzey Young and sophomore Maddie Hamm. However, the Hornet ladies were unable to hold onto their first round lead and lost the dual 1950 to 1705.
“It’s always a good night when you get kids worked up the record board,” said Van Horn. “We threw our best women’s individual score ever tonight. That’s great for Dani, who was here at the start and will continue to be a big part of the program for years to come.”
Other highlights included JV boys series from junior Ashton Luedtke of 530 and Mason Hamm of 511. Those boys finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the JV division. In the girls JV division, freshmen Lysa Beck and Emma Bond tallied a 435 and 398 for 1st and 2nd place respectively.
The Hornets will be in action on Thursday at the 2020 Amigo Melee, a home doubles tournament, before continuing their dual season against Andover on senior night at home. Both meets begin at 2 p.m. at Eastgate Lanes in Newton.