FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Despite what team captain Steve Patch called a subpar effort, the Hurricanes bowled their way to high scores in intramural action Feb. 9.

Without the use of handicaps, Patch, James Loudermilk and Jack Johnston all averaged 195 or better in the nine-pin, no-tap league's fifth week of action. With handicaps included, the Hurricanes, representing 1st Battalion, 11th Aviation Regiment, defeated a D Company, 1st Battalion, 145th Aviation Regiment squad 204-191.

"It wasn't one of our better nights," Patch said, noting one of the team's players has not bowled seriously in about five years. "He's a little bit low right now, but that's to be expected."

Loudermilk led the Hurricanes with a 205 average. He closed his third game with nine straight strikes en route to a 244. Harold Darner recorded a 242, registering six straight strikes to open the game.

Patch said his team has good bowlers and competes in a variety of leagues, but because of handicaps, his players must bring their best efforts every night.

"(Other teams) can sneak up on you," he said.

John Buchanan, D Co., 1st Bn., 145th Avn. Regt. team captain, recorded a 227 and a 201 using an 18-handicap.

In another contest, Strykers, another D Co., 1st Bn., 145th Avn. Regt. team, defeated WOCS Wives, a team of Warrant Officer Career College Soldiers' spouses.

WOCS Wives played without a team member, invoking a rule that forced the team to enter a lower average score than normal for her, team captain Jess Painter said.

"Overall, we did decent," she said. "Everyone's having fun and doing better every week. At the beginning, everyone was a little nervous, but people are more confident with their games now."

Luke Mole, Strykers captain, said his team also played an average night, but he sees his team improving. That will help them achieve the ultimate goal of winning the league championship.
The Tuesday league will continue for the next five weeks.

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