Saturday, the Neshoba Central Rockets competed at the 2013 MHSAA Class II North Regional Bowling Championship in Tupelo.

Other schools in the competition included Olive Branch, Tupelo, North West Rankin, and Starkville for the boys and all but Olive Branch for the girls. Although the boys didn't qualify to move on to the state championship, they are thankful for the exciting, humbling, and emotional experience from their first major competition.

Congratulations goes to the girls who had the same experience but with different results. They joyously finished second in the regionals and are set to compete in the state championship on Feb. 22 in Jackson. That's an awesome accomplishment. All the bowlers, as well as Mr. Blount, deserve a big high five for all their hard work and dedication. We are proud of all of you! Keep striving to make Neshoba Central a force to be reckoned with.

Travel team news

Sunday the Ladies Travel League held their monthly competition in McComb. Our Depot Dollies were victorious with 16 out of 24 wins. We are thankful for your safe trip. Their March competition will be held in Jackson.

Team feature

Will Strike-If Provoked is the featured team for this week with members Jimmy "Jimbob" Winstead Jr., Jason Lovern, Bill McNair, and Todd "Lope" Loper.

Jimmy is employed with Chris Powell Delivery Service. As a kid, he would open bowl in Meridian. He continued to only open bowl until leagues formed at Depot Bowling. He likes league bowling for the friendly competition and fellowship with friends.

"Finally the town has something people can get together and do," he says. Last year Jimmy competed in the Mississippi State Games in bowling. He enjoyed that experience and plans on participating again this year.

Jason owns Martin Real Estate and Appraisal. He started hearing of Depot's league bowling about two years ago from Charlene Estes, a member of the Alley Rats team, who works at his office. He finally became a league bowler last August due to persistent persuasion.

"Todd worried me to death," he jokes.

Jason is enjoying the league and is glad to be a part of it. He says he didn't realize you didn't have to be a great bowler to be on a league.

Bill works at Vanzynverden. His first time to bowl was on a rainy day while on vacation in Daytona Beach.

"There was nothing to do so we went bowling all day at about 75 cents a game," he said.

He bowled at Meridian Community College and proudly says they were the first junior college to win regionals. He has participated in professional tournaments where he has gone up against pros like Norm Duke, Pete Weber, Jason Couch, and Walter Ray Jr., whom he fondly remembers beating. Bill has coached youth leagues in Meridian and Jackson. He enjoys league bowling for the atmosphere, people, watching and helping others, as well as the sheer enjoyment of bowling.

Todd is the general manager at Sonic. His interest in bowling started back in the late 70's early 80's when his dad owned the bowling alley where Prince Oil is now located. He was part of the junior league from age 7 to age 10. While in college, he took the bowling class because he was confident in his abilities and knowledge to pass the course. From 1997-99, he was part of the Men's Monday Night League in Meridian. He did not participate in leagues again until Depot Bowling started its Men's Monday Night League. Last summer he became part of the Thursday Night League family. He likes league bowling for the camaraderie with his team and his opponents along with the "try to beat people" competition. Todd also loves bringing his kids to the center. There is something for all of them to enjoy.

Team Standings

W-L

1) Late Comers 21-3

2) Will Strike 16-8

3) Movers and Shakers 16-8

4) Turkey Hunters 15-9

5) Big Dogs 14-9

6) Krystal Steamers 14-10

7) Hot Dogs 13-10

8) Alley Rats 13-11

9) Split Happens 12-12

10) Bowlerettes 12-12

11) 10 Pin Train Wreck 11-12

12) Thunder Struck 11-13

13) How We Roll 11-13

14) Bowling Stones 9-15

15) Gutter-R-Us 8-15

16) A Team 8-16

17) Ten Penn 7-17

Last Week's Top Scores

Team

Scratch Game: 1) Big Dogs 840, 2) That's How We Roll 768, 3) 10 Pin and Thunder Struck 715

Scratch Series: 1) Big Dogs 2252, 2) That's How We Roll 2157, 3) Thunder Struck 2093

Handicap Game: 1) Big Dogs 926, 2) Thunder Struck 860, 3) That's How We Roll 858

Handicap Series: 1) Thunder Struck 2528, 2) Big Dogs 2510, 3) 10 Pin and That's How We Roll 2427

Men

Scratch Game: 1) Ziggy Ziething 278, 2) Nicky Headley 244, 3) Darrell Zehr 239

Scratch Series: 1) Frankie Williams Jr. 669, 2) Ziggy Ziething 651, 3) Wolf Gaines 642

Handicap Game: 1) Ziggy Ziething 294, 2) Darrell Zehr 273, 3) Jeremy Bell 253

Handicap Series: 1) Darrell Zehr 701, 2) Ziggy Ziething 669, 3) Frankie Williams Jr. 669

Women

Scratch Game: 1) Leanne Deweese 237, 2) Tina Sumpter 181, 3) Sheary Swain and Trixie Hill 179

Scratch Series: 1) Leanne Deweese 605, 2) Tina Sumpter 515, 3) Lisa Stanfill 502

Handicap Game: 1) Leanne Deweese 247, 2) Tanya Carter 236, 3) Trixie Hill 231

Handicap Series: 1) Tanya Carter 678, 2) Leanne Deweese 635, 3) Trixie Hill 629



Youth Seniors

Team Standings

W-L

1) WWJB 14-6

2) Depot Demolishers 14-6

3) Flame Throwers 13-7

4) 2 Guys and a Girl 12-8

5) Black Mambas 11-9

6) Alley Gators 11-9

7) Pin Hunters 10-10

8) Ham Sammich 9-11

9) Strikeforce 9-11

10) Spare Us 8-12

11) Natural Disasters 5-15

Last Week's Top Scores

Team

Scratch Game: 1) Natural Disasters 463, 2) WWJB 444, 3) 2 Guys and a Girl 431

Scratch Series: 1) Natural Disasters 1279, 2) WWJB 1267, 3) Depot Demolishers 1123

Handicap Game: 1) 2 Guys and a Girl 690, 2) Black Mambas 681, 3) Strikeforce 676

Handicap Series: 1) Black Mambas 1964, 2) 2 Guys and a Girl 1885, 3) WWJB 1862.

Boys

Scratch Game: 1) Jake Alford 200, 2) Tyler Dill 177, 3) Ryan Gardner 175.

Scratch Series: 1) Ryan Gardner 482, 2) Tyler Dill 466, 3) Brandon Kennedy 463.

Handicap Game: 1) Jake Alford 284, 2) Austin Dempsey 246, 3) Dustin Lepard 244.

Handicap Series: 1) Jake Alford 703, 2) Brandon Kennedy 685, 3) Devin Skinner 669.

Girls

Scratch Game: 1) Marissa Stanfill 179, 2) Marissa Stanfill 142, 3) Genesis Ferris 135.

Scratch Series: 1) Marissa Stanfill 438, 2) Marissa Stanfill 393, 3) Hannah Wallace 325 .

Handicap Game: 1) Destiny Dill 233, 2) Genesis Ferris 227, 3) Marissa Stanfill 218.

Handicap Series: 1) Destiny Dill 634, 2) Genesis Ferris 597, 3) Hannah Wallace 595.



Youth Juniors

Boys

Scratch Game: 1) Tanner Sharp 87, 2) Dezrein Gaines 86, 3) Jon Pass 83

Scratch Series: 1) Jon Pass 242, 2) Dezrein Gaines 210, 3) Tanner Sharp 197

Handicap Game: 1) Tanner Sharp 230, 2) Jon Pass 207, 3) Dezrein Gaines 193

Handicap Series: 1) Tanner Sharp 626, 2) Jon Pass 614, 3) Dezrein Gaines 531

Girls

Scratch Game: 1) Jordan Yates 89

Scratch Series: 1) Jordan Yates 184

Handicap Game: 1) Jordan Yates 228

Handicap Series: 1) Jordan Yates 601