Laconia bowlers earn 3rd place finish

Laconia High School Bowling team made the trip to Dover Bowl on Saturday for the second match of the Season. Laconia's bowlers got their feet wet the week before at the kick off match in Raymond. All 12 schools that compete were at the kickoff. Laconia's day was done after two Baker matches but it was a good day for the 7 bowlers out of Laconia's 11 that competed. "Since 5 of the 7 bowlers had never competed before it was good for them to see and be a part of what is to come this season," said Shelly Batchelder, one of the team's coaches.
In Dover, Laconia joined host school Spaulding, Pinkerton and Keene. Each team bowled two games of standard games to determine seeding for the Baker roll off. Laconia was seeded fourth with 1288 behind Pinkerton with 1571, Keene with 1601 and top seed Spaulding with 1794. A Baker game is 5 bowlers each bowling 2 frames to make one score. Teams compete in best two out of three games. Laconia was up against Spaulding in the first match. Laconia lost first two games 134 to 128, 151 to 123. Laconia then went to face Pinkerton to determine 3rd and 4th place for the day. Laconia took the first game with 6 spares in the game, 137 to 127 and fell in the second game 134 to 141. Laconia regrouped, keeping the same line up and bowlers in place. The team rallied with 6 spares and 1 strike for a 155, 136 win. Laconia took 3rd place and earned a point in overall standing for the season. "Great day for Laconia. We built confidence and prove we can compete with other schools," commented Jack Batchelder , head coach. Laconia is a young team with only 4 bowlers returning and 7 new members. New bowlers have very little experience in bowling before joining the team. Leading the team this week in standard games was Nathan Batchelder with 149 and 161 for 310 followed by Pat Guyer and Rebecca Sirois, both with 266 series. Rebecca had the high game of the day with 163.
Laconia's next match will be Saturday, December 21st when they host Hollis-Brookline, Stevens and Souhegan at Funspot. Match starts at 11 a.m.