Thursday March 24, 2016
The SBHS Rebel Strikers bowling season wrapped up recently with three big events. After eight weeks of regular competition, the team and players competed in the individual finals, the team finals, and the NH/VT Twin State Classic.
Bowlers in the top thirty-two averages were invited to participate in the state individual finals, which were held at the team’s home house, Champlain Lanes. The Rebel Strikers were well represented with five bowlers in this group—Anissa Martin, Kyle Murakami, Madison Denton, Josh Fortin, and Jadyn Holton. Due to a scheduling conflict, Jadyn was unable to participate in the event, which allowed Jacob Gelfenbein to participate as an alternate. After qualifying games, some match play, and a stepladder finals, the Strikers placed as follows: Kyle Murakami, 4th; Anissa Martin, 7th; Madison Denton, 19th; Josh Fortin, 26th; and Jacob Gelfenbein, 32nd.
The next week the state team finals were held at Twin City Family Fun Center in Barre, VT. The Strikers entered the tournament as the 3rd-seeded team. The roster for competition that day included Jacob, Patrick O’Hara, Anissa, Kyle, Josh, Madison, Nick McKenny, and Jadyn. After a first round bye, the Strikers beat 2nd-seed Essex High School, 4-1, in the best-of-seven match. This pitted the Strikers against 1st-seed Windsor High School. The match was very close, but the 2014 Vermont High School bowling champions from Windsor prevailed 4-2 to recapture the title, relegating SBHS to second.
Like many other sports, Vermont and New Hampshire bowlers face off in a Twin State Classic with the top ten seniors from both states competing in individual and team events. This event took place at Maple Lanes in Claremont, NH, and the Rebel Strikers were represented by Anissa Martin and Kyle Murakami. In the individual event, both bowed out in the quarterfinals (round of 16). The lane conditions were tougher than usual, and the field as a whole was low-scoring. In the team event, the two teams competed in Baker format through a best of seven match. The match was tied 3-3 going into the seventh and deciding game, which ended in a tie! NH captured this year’s crown by winning the two-frame roll off that decided the championship. Overall, it was a great event, and one that SBHS hopes to be part of for many years.
The SBHS Rebel Strikers were successful on the lanes and off. Much of that credit goes to the team’s captain, Hugh “Nick” McKenny, who made sure the
team’s chemistry and outlook was always positive. Nick has participated on this team since he was a freshman and has given much of his time, energy, and enthusiasm to the program. In recognition of his contributions, the SBHS Rebel Strikers’ sportsmanship award, which he deservingly received this year, was named in his honor. The Rebel Strikers also honored Dylan Cota (SBHS 2015), naming the annual high series award in his honor as he holds the current state record (507) and is on many other score and average lists as a top performer.
The Rebel Strikers team is coached by George Rooney and Kevin Murakami.
SOURCE: Kevin Murakami