The Patriots team has recorded wins over Eldorado, Anna and Johnston City in addition to the most recent “W” at Carterville.
Varsity performers have been varied with qualifying events held periodically, but so far the players with the most time on the lanes have been Chris Flach, Colton Lunsford, Adam Penrod, Ashton McDuffee, Payton Hall, Braden Fritch and Sydney Adams.
Flach leads the way in total pinfall with an average of 185 with Lunsford averaging 166. McDuffee has been warming to the task lately as he has raised his average score from around 110 at the beginning of the season to 144, and his last three matches have seen a further increase to 156 pins per game. Fritch, still nursing a bum shoulder from football season, has undertaken a southpaw approach while recuperating and now rolls ‘em from the port side. Fritch is finding the other side of the lanes fairly accommodating as he has improved his average to almost 140. Flach is on his way to an outstanding year as his averaged hovers in the 180 to 190 range with a season high series of 624 and a high game of 234. Flach has rolled six games of 200 or more this season. Lunsford has the team’s high individual game so far with a 258.
The Lady Patriots are missing Sydney McNichols as they are winless on the year.
Coach Kim Futrell said: “The girls are doing their best and we’ve been in a lot of these matches, but we just can’t get over the hump yet. We really do miss Syd.”
Michaela Trout, a junior, and little sister Emilee, a freshman, have been mainstays on the team so far with seniors Rachael Leek, Emily Biggers, Payton Hillebrand and Mallory McGinness and freshman Jaden Fitzpatrick all seeing time on the varsity.
“With no junior programs to get kids started and, at least for the time being, no local house to call home, these kids are doing a good job and things will only get better with time,” Futrell said.