Two Elmira bowlers captured first place in the provincial doubles tournament in Chatham Mar. 27.
Ten-year-olds Palmer DeCosta and Cade Schaus bowled an incredible 323 pins over average to capture the title in their first year of bowling.
“Those boys did very well, to have that many pins over their average,” said their coach Judie Tughan who was unable to make it to the tournament because of a conference.
According to pins over average (POA), players submit their average scores as a baseline heading into the tournament. Then, in each game they tally their score and however many pins they finish above their average gives them a positive score, but every pin under their average they receive a negative score.
To qualify, the boys were paired up to compete at the Zone C championship against other local teams from Stratford, Kitchener, and other nearby bowling clubs, which they won. The pairing works by matching the bowler with the lowest average at the club with the bowler with the highest average.
Heading into the provincials, Cade had an average of 99 while Palmer’s was slightly lower at 90 for a combined score of 189, but they handily surpassed those totals on the day of the competition.
In the first match they bowled a combined score of 249 (60 over their average), in the second they scored 266, in the third game they scored 254, but it was the final match where they really showed their development as players by bowling a 313 – an impressive 124 pins over their average.
Tughan, who has more than 20 years experience as a coach, said that a key to the boy’s success is that they are easy to coach; they listen very well, they follow instructions well, and are very good at concentrating.
She also said the competition was a good way for the boys to not only gauge themselves against other Bantam-aged bowlers in the province from as far away as Ottawa and London, but was alos a chance to expose themselves to some competition as well, which they might not always experience while practicing on Saturday morning at Elmira Bowl, focusing more on the technical side of the sport.
And the results speak for themselves.
“I’m quite pleased with how they’ve progressed, from the beginning of the year to this time of year and it’s a joy to see how well they bowl,” she added.