A year ago, the boys bowling team from Covenant Christian missed qualifying for the state tournament by a pin. On Monday, the girls team made up for that and threw in a district trophy.
The Lions claimed the District 11 title with a 3-games-to-1 win against Eau Gallie, while the Eau Gallie boys beat Satellite by the same score.
All four teams will continue play next Wednesday at the FHSAA tournament in Orlando, and four individual qualifiers will join them: Melbourne’s James Naylor and Rachel Backiel, Rachael LeCroy of Satellite and Greg Young of Viera.
The Covenant Christian girls, who finished the regular season 12-4, tore through Monday’s competition unbeaten. Head coach Danny Gould said he had hopes of a championship after a recent win against a team from outside Brevard County.
“I really did,” he said. “They weren’t expected to be in that position, but I truly knew last week when they beat Circle Christian out of Orlando that they had an honest chance.”
Whatever the Lions do next week, the run of championship contention may not be over. Gould’s team consists of a sixth-grader, two eighth-graders and a pair of 10th-graders.
The Eau Gallie boys will take four seniors to Orlando next week in a return state visit for the team.
Standout Michael Coffey said there was no star of Monday’s championship run.
“It was more of a team effort,” he said. “Everybody did their part to the fullest.”
Eau Gallie’s girls had a dominant morning, as three of the top four finishers in individual rounds were Commodores: Natasha Rowe (592), Layleen Mann (570) and Kim Mann (537). They followed LeCroy, who turned in a 622 with games of 203, 221 and 198. Backiel bowled 534.
Naylor had the best morning among boys bowlers. His 235, 245 and 223 combined for a 703. Young was next at 699, 13 pins better than two-time state qualifier Carter Frye of Covenant Christian.
Had Young’s Hawks team eliminated Satellite from the consolation bracket, he would have been a team qualifier and sent Frye as an individual.
The Bayside boys, last year’s state championships, were the top qualifying team from the morning round to the four-team championship bracket, but fourth-seeded Viera beat them 3-1 to start the afternoon, and Satellite eliminated the Bears in the first consolation match.
The Heritage and Satellite girls also were bracket teams but were eliminated in consolation matches.