Just one day after the high of placing second in the state finals Friday night, a major low for the Jackson High School girl’s bowling team, as nearly $4,000 worth of its equipment was stolen from a trailer parked outside a hotel where they were staying.
“About 6:30 a.m., came back down to the trailer to warm it up Saturday morning and that’s when I observed that the lock had been cut off the trailer,” team coach David Rodriguez said.
Team coach David Rodriguez says it was a heavy theft. The items stolen include 14 bowling balls that cost up to $250 a piece.
“I’m hoping to get their equipment, the equipment replaced,” Rodriguez said. “Nobody has anything. No shoes, balls. The two individuals that competed Saturday are the only ones that have their equipment.”
Even though the other members of the team were upset, they didn’t let that ruin the final competition for those still in the tournament.
“A lot of the kids stayed around to root their teammates on that were in individuals,” Rodriguez said.
And now, less than 48 hours after it happened, Rodriguez says there’s a silver lining, as members of the community are already stepping up to help.
“Some businesses, have decided they would help replace some of the stolen equipment,” Rodriguez said.
So while their season ended on a somber note, the team isn’t letting that put a damper on their accomplishment of placing second in the state.
No matter what, they plan to be ready to roll again next season.