The Bearden Bowling team has had a stand-out season with major contributions from senior Corey Ramey and junior Kristy Dean.
The team’s season concluded after Ramey and Dean’s individual performances at the TSSAA state tournament in Smyrna.
Ramey was able to qualify for the semi-finals and finished 21st in the state. Ramey points to head coach Jennifer Allen for both his success and the success of the team this season.
“Coach Allen made sure that our team as a whole performed well every game,” Ramey said. “She made sure the mentality translated into better scores, which helped me make my way to state.”
Ramey bowled an average of 212 points over the season and Dean bowled an average of 167.7.
Dean finished 30th out of the 54 state qualifiers.
“I think I have been more adaptable this season to lane conditions,” Dean said. “That has really allowed me to maintain a high average even when I have to bowl in unfamiliar lanes.”
With an impressive season in the books, this year’s team has set high standards for next year’s success. Both Dean and Ramey say it was their time they put into practicing that secured their consistent results.
“I definitely feel like there has been a precedent set after this season in regards to practicing frequently,” Dean said. “I think it is important that I practice so often; it makes the rest of the team inclined to do so as well.”
Added Ramey: “Our team this year shows that Bearden Bowling can have success in the future. This year we made sectionals for the first time in the programs history.
“It really does show that if we put in the effort and hard work the team can continue to achieve success for years to come.”