Dobie bowling teams roll into nationals

Dobie bowling teams roll into nationals
Posted on 04/03/2018
This is the image for the news article titled Dobie bowling teams roll into nationalsDobie Boys and Girls Bowling Teams
Pictured: (Back row): Coach Steven Mullins, Jospeh Castillo, Nicolas Luna, Nicolas Guerra, Rudy Luna, Francisco Camargo, Brandon Harder
(Front row): Chelsey Keener, Sydney Mejia, Victoria Lazo, Monica Zabala (Not pictured): Ellyssa Manriquez 





By: Jade Wise

Pasadena ISD Communications


The J. Frank Dobie boys’ and girls’ bowling teams recently won second and eleventh place, respectively, at the state competition in San Antonio and will advance to take on the top teams in the country at nationals in June. 

The state competition began with 24 competing teams bowling three complete games in the singles event. The scores were totaled cumulatively and the top 12 teams advanced to the second round where they seeded and placed in the bracket play.

Bracket play featured games with five players bowling together for one complete game and the winning team advanced to the next round. 

Dobie head coach Steven Mullins said that the margin of error that kept the boys’ team from securing a first place finish and a state title was razor thin.

“For the tournament, our boys averaged a 221, while the champions only averaged a 206,” said Mullins. “They beat us when we just happened to have our lowest scoring games of the competition.”

With the competition attracting some of the top high school talent in the state, senior Nicolas Guerra said that the pressure of the tournament was nerve-wracking.

“I felt the adrenaline in my veins on every shot. The crowd was quiet during the shot but as soon as the ball hit the pins, all you heard was yelling. Even if you didn’t hit a strike,” said Guerra.

For the girls’ team, the eleventh place finish was one of the highest placements in school history and an improvement from their 22nd ranking the previous year.

Monica Zabala, a senior who has been on the team for the past four years, attributed their success this year to the team focusing and working better together.

“We put everything not bowling out of our minds and left everything out on the lanes,” said Zabala. “Our team really came together and accomplished a lot.”



Dobie Boys Bowling Team
Pictured:  Jospeh Castillo, Nicolas Luna, Nicolas Guerra, Rudy Luna, Francisco Camargo, Brandon Harder


Dobie Girls Bowling Team
(L to R) Chelsey Keener, Sydney Mejia, Victoria Lazo, Monica Zabala (Not pictured: Ellyssa Manriquez