DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Dothan High School bowling teams have had great success since their first seasons in 2019.
Both the girls and boys teams are fighting to make it back to regionals for the third consecutive year and they’re taking the season one frame at a time.
The teams are made up of 19 students.
The boys are currently 5-0 and the girls are 1-1.
Both teams competed in regionals in 2019 and 2020, the girls even had a state championship run in 2019.
This year both are aiming for a regionals appearance three-peat.
“We’ve hit a couple high spots, our boys bowled a baker before Thanksgiving break of 256,” Head Coach Brianne Kent said. “Which is the team high for us, so we want to continue to hit those high scores and stay up there because once we get to regionals, all these teams are going to be consistently breaking 200. We’ve just got to be better than that so just increasing our ability level and talent scores.”
Many bowlers on the teams play other sports as well, but that doesn’t stop them from giving it their all at the alley.
“It’s a little bit more laid back, but they’re also super competitive with it,” Kent said. “They’re not going to go out there and be mediocre. When they made the team they made the commitment that they were going to be the best.”
Along with the competition, bowlers say the best part of being on the team is how much fun they all have together.
“We’ll hang out outside of school together doing bowling still so we get to practice,” junior Ella Wood said. “It’s like a big friend group now and a big family. It’s fun to have new friends.”
Head Coach Kent also coaches volleyball and tennis for the Wolves.
She didn’t know much about bowling when she took over back in 2019 but she hit the lanes running to learn the ins and outs.
“She’s very competitive so we try to play her a lot,” Wood said. “She makes us more competitive and want to be better. Which is important in a coach to want to make your athletes better.”
Thursday night the teams play Auburn in an important area matchup.
Both Dothan teams beat Auburn earlier in the season.
To do it twice in one year would be huge for area play and the team knows what it will take to pull off the win.
“Thriving under pressure and just playing our game,” sophomore Alex Broadaway said. “Taking it one frame at a time.”
“Our boys consistently break 200 so they’ve got to continue to do that,” Kent said. “Our girls have just got to be confident and comfortable because when we’re confident we bowl really well, but then they get a little nervous and our consistency goes down. If we can be confident coming in Thursday, our girls will have a good shot as well.”
The Wolves host the Auburn Tigers at Dothan Lanes Thursday night at 5 p.m.