For the first three years of their streak, Eau Gallie High girls bowling coach Steve Vilgats and his players did not mention it to each other. But after they won their 50th regular-season dual match without a loss last week, it was time to enjoy it a little.
The Commodores extended it to 51 on Tuesday, and they are 3-0 on the season with some lofty scores despite the early date.
“This is way better than I expected,” Vilgats said. “The girls feed off each other. It’s coming together early this year.”
In the 50th win, 4-3 over Covenant Christian, Judy Shepherd bowled 242 and Kim Mann 199. In No. 51, against West Shore, Layleen Mann turned in a 201 and Shirley Shepherd a 182.
Vilgats knows his team’s regular-season perfection will end some day.
“We take it one match at a time. This is the first time that we’ve spoken of what’s going on with our record,” he said. “We’ll persevere when it does happen.”
The War Eagles are the hosts for the second major local cross country meet of the season Saturday at 8 a.m., the 41st Astronaut Invitational at Chain of Lakes Park in Titusville.
More than 40 high schools will compete, including locals Bayside, Brevard Heat, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Eau Gallie, Edgewood, Florida Air, MCC, Melbourne, Merritt Island, Heritage, Palm Bay, Rockledge, Satellite, Titusville and Viera.
Friday’s football game against Lake Highland Prep will be the Childhood Cancer Awareness Gold Game. Players will wear gold or yellow socks in support of children battling cancer, and fans are asked to do the same. The school will start the recognition with Friday’s pep rally.