This is Philadelphia High School's first year to have a varsity bowling team and head coach Zach Jones says the response and effort has been good.

The team formed after football season in November and Jones admitted that they didn't have a lot of experience going in.

"I haven't bowled before but now I have started," Jones said. "They asked me if I would be interested in coaching the team and I was.

"We have had a lot of fun with it. I asked one of the bowlers in the community to help us and he has been a lot of help. Only three of our bowlers have had previous experience. It was first time for the rest of the team.

"Our kids are learning the game and their scores are improving," Jones said.

Members of the Philadelphia boys team are Cody Stevens, Amechia Carter, Jeremy Huddleston, Romon Gray, Hunter Ketteringham, Travin Kelly, Keontae Nash, TJ Hudson, Matthew Ferris, Sabyius Boggan, Peyton Penson and Josh Rush.

Members of the Philadelphia girls team are Katelyn Ricks, Shaniya Finley, Marqueisha Clay, Keona Sanders, Sydney Battle, Brownisha Clark, Ticondria Gary and Ashley Carter.

Philadelphia practices and holds it home matches at Depot Lanes. The Tornadoes will bowl against Neshoba Central on January 9.

According to the Mississippi High School Activities Association, Philadelphia competes in the central region of Class One. Other teams listed in the region are defending state champion East Webster, East Side, Pontotoc, Ruleville and McLaurin.