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The Artesia Bulldog bowling team finished the New Mexico High School Bowling Association regular season this past weekend by competing in the Silva Invitational in Albuquerque.

The Artesia Advanced team had a fourth-place showing in a strong 12-team division field. In once again leading all Class 5A schools in scoring, the Bulldogs were paced by Will Davis with games of 237 and 224, Jamey Palomares (213-191), Coy Moorhead (191), Ricardo Aguirre (176-174) and Ethan Velo (170). The Artesia Advanced team broke the 200 barrier in five of the seven Baker-format games of the competition.

The Intermediate division saw the Bulldogs finish fourth and sixth in a 20-team field. Leading scorers for the Intermediate-division Bulldogs were Zach Ingram (204-163), Bryce Pollard (187-174), Tim Boone (181-180), Chris Burnside (157-154), Josiah Waller (158-149), Elijah Lopez (148-148), Sheree Yandell (166), Darian Mahan (165), Brittany Schneider (157), Zach Issacs (155) and Andres Lopez (153).

Novice division scoring for the Bulldogs was led by Xavier Ybarra with games of 155 and 139, Ana Wageley with games of 141 and 133, and RJ Lewis with a 142 game.

The Artesia High School Bulldog bowlers completed a strong regular season that saw them capture six division titles and nine overall top-three spots. Graduating seniors Ricardo Aguirre, Jamey Palomares, Brittany Schneider, Andy Powers and Josiah Waller have led a young team that will return bowlers with 11 of the top 13 averages for next season, including state record holder Will Davis’ 220 average.

The AHS bowlers will now travel to Silva Lanes in Albuquerque Saturday to compete in the NMHSBA Class 5A State Championship. The Bulldogs’ state team will consist of Davis, Palomares, Aguirre, Moorhead and Velo.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Ken Clayton is the coach of the AHS bowling team.)