66°F
weather icon Clear

Smale takes second in state tourney

It is hard to tell who enjoyed Teagan Smale’s two-week run best. It could have been Smale, a 15-year-old-sophomore at Boulder City High who had the incredible run on the bowling lanes, or his father cheering every frame along the way, or his coach who hasn’t stopped bragging about his young talent.

Smale, who had the highest average in Division 1-A much of the year, led Boulder City to its first state bowling championship Jan. 30. He then came back to finish second in the first-ever NIAA individuals state championship tournament Feb. 12, and a day later finished second in the countywide MVP tournament for high school bowlers.

“It was been a good streak for me,” Smale said. “We wanted to win the first state championship for the school and bring it to Boulder City. It was a big deal for all of us on the team.

“As for the individual state title and the MVP, I was happy with bowling good and having a shot at the championship each time. I didn’t get it this time, but I got great experience and I’ll be back next year looking to win. My goal next year is to sweep all three, the team title, the individual title and the MVP title. I like to challenge myself, and trying to sweep all three will surely push me for the next year.”

During the three-event stretch, Smale bowled 22 games. On Feb. 11, in state individual qualifying match, Smale wound up the No. 3 seed of the six who advanced to the finals. On Feb. 12, he finished in second place in the individuals tournament.

Then on Feb. 13, he was seeded No. 3 but bowled his way to second place and a $600 scholarship prize in the 2014 Clark County High School MVP Bowling Tournament at The Orleans.

Smale’s father, Don, was there cheering every frame. “I am very proud,” Don Smale said. “He did a phenomenal job in all three tough tournaments.”

Teammate Randall Berkheimer came in third place in the state with a 613 series. For the girls, Summer Smith rolled a 522 series to place third.

There were 32 schools competing in the MVP, featuring 89 boys and 74 girls. It was a four game qualifying format, and then the top five boys and girls were chosen in a Professional Bowlers Association stepladder finals.

Smale had a 903 series to qualify as the No. 3 seed. In the second match, Smale rolled a 251 game to defeat Durango’s Isaiah Chavez’s 240. In the third match, Smale’s 269 was too much for Green Valley’s Joe Gerencser’s 238.

In the MVP final, Smale, has one of his worst games, unable to get his ball to roll his way, Smale bowled 175 and lost the final to Coronado’s James Placek, who bowled 237.

“It is his first MVP finals, but as a sophomore, he is a threat for the next two seasons,” Boulder City coach Rodney Ball said. “He was unbelievable to watch for these past two weeks. He was just on a roll. He was great to watch under pressure. What a couple for weeks for him. And, he’s back two more years.”

In the MVP qualifying, Berkheimer rolled 798 and was 19th, while teammates Edward Rassuchine (701) was 42nd, Ed Feeney (683) was 47th and Dylan Amico (678) was 49th.

In the girls MVP qualifying, Boulder City’s Smith (553) was 37th, while Niki Schulz (552) was 38th and Amy Murphy (533) was 43rd.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Eagles best Pirates — finally

Boulder City High School’s football team defeated Moapa Valley 15-12 on Friday, Oct. 11, picking up a monumental victory.

Focus, determination guide Lady Eagles

Boulder City High School girls volleyball team has remained focused on the task at hand, one game at a time, even as it dominated league play throughout the season.

Roundup: Soccer teams see mixed results

Experiencing mixed results this week, Boulder City High School boys soccer team defeated rival Virgin Valley on Tuesday, Oct. 15, after falling to rival Moapa Valley on Friday, Oct. 11.

Homecoming was grand ‘SLAM’ for Eagles

Picking up their first league victory, homecoming was good to the Boulder City High School football program Friday, Oct. 4.

Girls poised to take state title

Boulder City High School girls golf team ended its season in the 3A Sunrise League undefeated after a victory on its home course Oct. 2.

Roundup: Lady Eagles take title at Lake Mead invite

Running their best on their home turf, Boulder City High School girls cross-country team placed first at the Lake Mead Invitational at Veterans’ Memorial Park on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Tourney win makes history

For the first time in school history, Boulder City High School girls volleyball team has won its Boulder City Invitational.

Cross-country runners stay on pace to qualify for state

Traveling to Foothill High School on Sept. 28 for the 4A-laden Falcon Invitational, both Boulder City High School cross-country programs held their own against steep competition.

Eagles rout Warriors

Earning their third consecutive victory, Boulder City High School’s football team routed Western 35-0 on Friday, picking up last minute momentum before league plays begin.