The Peninsula High School League's bowlers are Hampton Roads District champs again.
They pulled off a repeat by beating their rivals from the Tidewater District with a pinfall total of 39,338 on Dec. 18 at Sparetimes in Hampton. Tidewater finished with 38,456 pins.
Each district team was composed of 10 three-person teams.
Peninsula bowlers also dominated the list of individual award winners.
In the scratch division, Brandon Franklin of Hampton High bowled the highest boys series with a 698 and Alec Manriquez of Tabb had the highest average for six games, a 221. For the girls, Victoria White of Tabb rolled the highest scratch series, 585, and Margaret Kowalski of York bowled the high scratch game (192).
In the handicap division, Jason Stoudt of Bethel and Nolan Judkins of Menchville took home titles.
Stoudt, carrying a 176 average, put together games of 232, 179 and 223 to go with 117 pins handicap for the boys high-handicap series (751).
Judkins took top honors for the boys high-handicap game with a 313, which included a 275 scratch game.
Tabb's Alex Feller, Ross Beardsley and Chris Kephart placed second in the team competition behind Norview.
Longtime Peninsula High School League coordinator Mary Pancoast attributed the district's winning performance to two factors: A lot of the handicap club athletes bowled their average or better and all of the league's scratch players were guaranteed a spot at the district event.
"Taking your most-experienced athletes to the tournament can only lead to good things. And under pressure, they always seem to rise to the occasion," she said.
This year's third edition of the Hampton Sports Festival and Expo Feb. 17-19 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center is expected to be bigger and better.
Since its inception, the event has grown from competition in 10 sports in 2010, to 15 in 2011, and to 19 thus far this year.
The number of athletes competing also has grown, from 703 in 2010 to 1,196 last year. This year those numbers are likely to be exceeded.
"With the addition of Futsal, Strong Man and Strong Woman (contests), and a full slate of arm wrestling, we're expecting our numbers to go up," said Craig Lenniger, the sports events logistics coordinator for the Hampton Convention and Visitor Bureau.
Competition also will be held in boxing, kick boxing, mixed martial arts, taekwondo, gymnastics, chess, bodybuilding, chess, cornhole, crossfit, Jiu-Jitsu, K-1, Muay Thai, No Gi grappling, and powerlifting.
Entries are still being taken for the festival, which last year attracted competitors from as far away as Canada, Mexico, and California. Those interested in participating should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 728-5314.
A free sports expo also will be held during the festival in front of the convention center exhibit halls.
Community news: Peninsula High School League bowlers earn district championships
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