Bowling season ends with tourney, awards

The 2013-14 Seymour High School bowling season came to a close with two recent events.

On March 15, the junior varsity bowlers competed in the conference singles tournament. The top two bowlers after a three-game series met in a single-game roll-off for the championship.

On the boys side, Seymour’s Keifer Anderson defeated teammate Tristen DeJesus for the championship. On the girls side, Seymour’s Kara Ellerman had a season-best day, rolling her first 200-plus game on her way to a meeting with Columbus North’s Jordan Bowman. Ellerman defeated Bowman in the roll-off to win the girls championship.

On April 1, the team came together for an awards and dessert banquet.

The coach’s most improved award, which honors a season of hard work in improving or in some cases completely changing your game, went to Anderson, Alyssa Hruska, Logan Hayes and Masaki Mizutani.

The team spirit award was selected by the team, and those winners were Mizutani, Victoria Campbell, Skylar Moore, Kearstin Ruddick, Dustin Ruddick, Jess Hoevener, Tyler James and John Meroney.

The coach’s ambassador award honors hard work throughout the season and postseason individual achievements. The awards went to Dustin Ruddick, regional qualifier; Jade Beddoe, regional qualifier, all-conference, academic all-state; Angela Pelfrey, regional runner-up, semistate qualifier; and Hannah Kaufman, sectional champion, semistate qualifier, all-conference.

The team special recognition award honors those who had a hand in pushing the girls varsity team to one of its best seasons ever, finishing undefeated in the conference at 12-0 and winning sectional and regional. Receiving the honor were Beddoe, Pelfrey, Kearstin Ruddick, Hoevener, Campbell, Kaufman, Ellerman, Hruska and coaches Misty Ruddick, Wanda Garrett and Shannon Kelly.

The varsity letter award honors the achievement of bowling the majority of the season with the varsity or competing in the sectional. The winners were Kaufman, James, Meroney, Caleb Hayes and Logan Hayes.

The senior letter award is a coach’s award to honor seniors who have shown great dedication to the team and competed with the varsity at some point during their career. They went to DeJesus and Mizutani.

The most valuable bowler and the Owl Bowler of the Year awards were voted on by the team. The awards went to Ellerman, girls JV MVB; Tyler James and Connor O’Mara, boys JV co-MVBs; Pelfrey, girls varsity MVB; and Dustin Ruddick, boys varsity MVB and Owl Bowler of the Year.

Coach Kelly thanked his wife, Julia, and their parents and other family members for their support, as well as volunteer coaches Andy and Misty Ruddick, Wanda Garrett, Craig Robertson and Logan Moore.

The high school team plans on kicking off next season by hosting a preseason team tournament, Southern Indiana Shootout, at 2 p.m. Oct. 11. It will feature a sectional-style format with a little twist at the end. The winning boys and girls teams will have a two-Baker game shootout for the trophy.

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