|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands senior Katelyn Schneider and the Highlands girls bowling team claimed their third Region 5 title Wednesday in the last four years.|
Highlands earned the top seed and proceeded to beat Newport in the region semifinals, 3-0 (179-129, 168-112, 163-130). The Bluebirds then beat second-seeded Campbell County, 3-2 (163-153, 148-237, 174-161, 154-165, 170-140) in the championship game. This marks the third region crown in the last four years for the Highlands girls.
"They put it together real well," said Glenn Schmidt, Highlands Head Coach. "The girls did exactly what I expected out of them being the type of bowlers and the type of team that they are. They work together so well. You can just see that when they bowl."
The Highlands boys missed out on the state tournament for the second year in a row. The Bluebirds earned the fourth seed in the qualifying rounds and beat Bishop Brossart, 3-1 (180-98, 170-144, 121-172, 157-136). But top-seeded Simon Kenton eliminated Highlands, 3-1 (119-158, 168-166, 168-152, 154-144) in the region semifinals.
"The boys don't click like the girls do," Schmidt said. "They get down on themselves a bit. Unfortunately when that happens, you start missing spares and start missing the line that you need to be playing. You lose your focus. You can't do that. My message to them if they got a split was to get one or two pins so we get pin count. In a lot of cases, that didn't happen either. If that happened, I think we could have moved on."
The state tournament takes place at Executive Strike and Spare on Feb. 8 and 9 in Louisville.