Boys bowling goes into midseason undefeated after Lake Howell win

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Jacob Daleandro bowls aiming to get a strike against Lake Howell. The boys’ varsity bowling team took first against Lake Howell.

Heading into midseason with a 8-0 record, the boys bowling team beat Lake Howell, 2412 to 2053. Cade Rogers bowled the team’s high score, a 289 series.

“Everybody is afraid to play us,” coach Jacob Colquhoun said. “Talent-wise, I think we are the best team in the county.”

Though the team has won almost every match the last few seasons, they have not gone undefeated for this long in about six years.

Colquhoun became the head coach two years ago. After finishing second at districts and qualifying 16th in the state last season, Colquhoun thinks the team could go farther this season.

“Last year we qualified first for districts but then lost in the first round. We had to work our way up out of the losers bracket to qualify for states,” Colquhoun said. “I try to take it one match at a time and keep the guys focused so we can get far this year.”

 They have played all the teams and so far they have beaten everyone. They have played and won eight out of the 16 game season.

“It’s been a long time since we have been able to do this well consistently. So, it’s nice to know that we have the best team in the county,” senior Jacob Dalenadro said.

From training on their own time to having set team practices, practice is an important part for the sport. The team practices four times a week not including matches. On top of that, some of the players do their own personal training.

“I talked to the team before the season and they said they wanted to take it seriously, so we practice a lot more than they used to. We went from one practice a week to four,” Colquhoun said.

According to Colquhoun, a big focus as head coach was to make sure the athletes are always there for each other. While many often stereotype bowling as an “individual sport,” he sees teamwork as an integral part of it. 

“The reason we are doing so well this year is we are all there for each other and help each other when needed,” sophomore James Dre said.

People like bowling for different reasons, but senior Cade Rogers thinks about it more analytically. 

“The mental game is interesting to me. The sport involves a lot of strategies and that’s my favorite part,” Rogers said.

Daleandro has a season average of 184 with having a game-high of 225, and he also ranks in the top 12 in the state. The team’s next game will be against Oviedo on Sept. 22 at the Oviedo Bowling Center.

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