Kirk Mowl, a 12-year-old local bowler, has just completed a successful summer of bowling. In May, he won the Florida Pepsi Championship in Spring Hills, where he averaged a 211 score. In the second game, he rolled nine straight strikes and finished with a 268.
That win earned him an automatic bid to the National Junior Gold Championships in Chicago, where over 3,000 of the nation’s best bowlers competed during the first week of July. He placed ninth in his division there, missing the final cut by just one pin after three days of bowling. Mowl followed that up by bowling a near perfect 299 game on June 15, in the Sports league at Sunshine Lanes in Deland. Just a few weeks later, he rolled a 762 series at Ormond Lanes in the Adult/Youth league, bowling a 255, 248 and 265.
Mainland sweeps Deltona for first away win in coach’s tenure
For the first in her 13 years as Mainland’s volleyball coach, Sandy Garner and her team walked off Deltona’s court as the victors. “The curse has been broken!” she exclaimed in an email. “There was just something about playing them in their gym that always seemed to keep us from getting that ‘W.’”
The Lady Bucs won in straight sets: 25-12, 25-21 and 25-20. They totaled 41 kills, 11 aces, four block assists, 59 digs and 36 aces. Instead of providing individual statistics, Garner gave team stats, saying it was a team effort from all 10 players on the team.
“Last year our team averages were three aces, six kills, six assists and a block per set, but each player has worked hard in the offseason to make huge improvements in their game,” she said. “So you can see we are really excited about this season.”
Those 10 players are Ashley Okegbenro Monkhouse, Jasmine Pousel, Jessika Haberle, Kamari Potter, Abby Rich, Tori Huffman, Ariel Cosme, Veronica Rodriguez and Kate Litke.
Mainland will play its first home game of the season at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at Mainland.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR!
Football: Father Lopez Catholic will kick off its season against Melbourne Central Catholic at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, in Melbourne. See Page 15 for a story on Seabreeze and Jeff Dawsey’s column about Mainland’s preseason rainout.
Ormond Beach Pop Warner Sandcrabs teams will play DeLand. The first game will begin at 9 a.m., and the final game will be played at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Ormond Beach Pride will play the Palatka Ducks; the first game will be played at 9 a.m., and the last game at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29, Palatka.
Volleyball: Seabreeze will host Pine Ridge at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Seabreeze.