SIGOURNEY — Bowling is supposed to be a noncontact sport, yet Trista Kelly ended up with a bloody nose early on in Washington High School’s bowling meet at Keokuk County Bowling Center against Sigourney Wednesday.
Kelly rebounded from that to post the high game of the girls meet as Washington won 2,158 to 1,845. The Demons had the high Round 1 total, 1,500 to 1,245 and won the Baker Rotation 658-600.
Washington’s boys lost 1,984 to 1,670 despite Ethan Zieglowsky rolling the best game of the day, a 215. The Demons lost Round 1 1,349 to 1,151 and the Baker Rotation 635-519. The Demons are short one boy as only four are elgible, so they have to take two frames of zeros in the Baker Rotation.
“Being short really affects the score, but the boys should do better,” Washington coach Chad Zear said. “I don’t know what was wrong with them, but it was the first meet, so they will get better. They actually did pretty good considering.”
Zear said the day didn’t start well for Kelly.
“I know she wasn’t feeling good and got some Tylenol from her mom,” he said.
The bloody nose wasn’t the only thing Kelly was dealing with. Her father, Joe Burke, recently passed away.
“I know she bowled some tournaments with him,” Zear said.
“I just wanted to do good for him, to do good in his memory,” she said.
She certainly did that well. She rolled the high game for the Demons and of the girls meet with a 203.
“It took me a while to find my mark, but after I got a bloody nose, I was able to focus more and that helped me find my mark,” Kelly said.
Her first game was a 134.
“I don’t know why, but it just started gushing. In the future, maybe getting a bloody nose will be a good thing,” she laughed.
“It changed her,” Zear said. “I don’t know how, but she found where she needed to be. I was really happy for her and proud of her performance.”
Zieglowsky started hot, rolling the top game of the night and then posted a 180. Nathan Morris rolled a 215-201 for Sigourney.
“My first game was probably the greatest luck I had all night long,” he said. He rolled seven strikes and had two open frames. “The second game was OK, but it could’ve been a little bit better because the ball just kept checking up. The first game, it really set where I wanted it to. In the Bakers Round, I was all about finding the right line, so I just had to continuously work for it and it went right from there.”
Zieglowsky is just a freshman but wasn’t intimidated by his first high school meet.
“I just approaced it like I approach every bowling tournament,” he said. “I have to be able to work through hard situations and I just can’t be afraid to move.”
The Demons bowl again today at Southeast Conference rival Mt. Pleasant.
“It gets a lot more competitive when we go against conference opponents,” Zear said. “I think the girls have a separate battle to see who can get the loudest.”