Mustang bowlers sweep Bradley to stay unbeaten
by JOE CANNON Banner Assistant Sports Editor
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WALKER VALLEY’S Caleb Zanoska, right, and Alexis Rutledge led the Mustang bowling squads to a sweep of county-rival Bradley Central Thursday at Leisure Time Bowling Center.
Banner photo, JOE CANNON
WALKER VALLEY’S Caleb Zanoska, right, and Alexis Rutledge led the Mustang bowling squads to a sweep of county-rival Bradley Central Thursday at Leisure Time Bowling Center. Banner photo, JOE CANNON
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Both Bradley County TSSAA bowling programs are off to a strong start to the young season, but Walker Valley showed why their teams are still undefeated as they galloped away from Bradley Central in convincing style Thursday at the Leisure Time Bowling Center.

The Mustangs improved to 5-0 on the campaign with a 21-6 victory, while the Lady Mustangs are now 3-0 after galloping away with a 23.5-3.5 win.

“It was a good match. Our kids worked hard. I’m proud of them,” declared Walker Valley coach Dean Anderson. “Our (boys’) pin total was a little down, but we did a good job of doing what we needed to do.”

The Bradley rollers swept Chattanooga Christian School Wednesday on the same lanes with the Bears (3-3) winning 22-5, while the Bearettes (4-2) claimed a 23-4 victory.

Bradley will return to the Leisure Time lanes Tuesday when McMinn county comes to town for a district match.

Walker Valley set the pace for the boys’ match in the opening game, claiming all eight points, before Bradley took four of the six head-to-head matchups in Game 2, but the Mustangs claimed the pin fall bonus points for an even 4-4 round. With the Bears subbing in four players for the final game, Walker Valley breezed to victory with a 3,154-2,515 pin fall difference.

Five Mustangs posted 500-series with Caleb Zanoska and Tanner Kincaid neck-and-neck at the top with a 553 and 552 respectively. The pair also battled for the high game of the match with Kincaid edging Zanoska 226-225. Dylan Dawson had a 200 game for in the victory.

Briton Helton (526), Jacob Baker (512) and Nathan Kirby (511) also had 500-series for Walker Valley.

Tanner Ratcliff topped the Bear effort with a season-high 526 series, featuring a 202 high game, which bettered his best score of the year by a single pin. Alec Norwood helped out with a 499 tally.

In the girls’ match, the Lady Mustangs dominated from the start, winning five of the six opening games, plus tying the other. Walker Valley took Game 2 by a 7-1 tally and the final round 6-2. The northside Fillies finished with a 2,577-2,105 pin fall victory.

Alexis Rutledge topped the victory with a 505 series, including the match’s high game at 176. Nicole Hartman rolled a pair of 167s in her 482 series, while Megan Cavett posted a 432 three-game total.

Kealey Collins paced the Bearettes with a 447 series, with a 167 high game. Chloe Wallace added a 402 series for Bradley.

“The boys have everybody back from last year, but we are missing two starters from last year’s girls’ team,” related Coach Anderson. “We have some girls stepping up to fill those shoes and we are improving.”

Realizing his teams had CCS overmatched, new Bradley coach Don Burke was able to get a lot of his players match experience, with only a trio getting to roll all three games.

Jordan Jones had the high game for the Bears with a 201 in only 10 frames, while Norwood rolled a 189 and 182 in his two games. Bradley claimed the pin fall count by a 2,377-2,137 margin.

On the girls’ lanes, Wallace paced the victory with a 391 series, while Alex Choate rolled a 369 and Tehya Johns a 344.