State Bowling Tournament

Rams Roll At Bowling State Championships
Posted on 02/18/2019

Rio Rancho HS bowlers with trophy and bannerWhen it comes to throwing a ball down a 60-foot lane and knocking down ten pins at the other end, the Rio Rancho Rams are the lords and ladies of the lanes. 

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Rio Rancho bowlers celebrateIn the Class 5A (big school) state bowling tournament held on February 16, the Rams defeated their perennial arch-nemesis and cross-town rivals the Cleveland Storm to repeat as state champions.  The Rams and Storm dominate big-school bowling and between them have won every state championship save one in the last decade.    

CHS bowler Robin Prioleau, RRHS bowler Yarelis Alvarez, Rio Rancho bowler Kallista FrittsBowling teams are co-ed, and this year the women on both Rio Rancho teams were especially dominant.  Cleveland’s Robin Prioleau rolled both the tournament’s high game (258) and high series (708), with Rams bowlers Kallista Fritts (246/647) and Yarelis Alvarez (239/640) close behind.  Rio Rancho’s Kara Thompson scored the 5A tournament’s fourth highest series (578).  

Cleveland High bowlers with 2nd place state trophyBowling is considered to be an “activity” by the NMAA, and draws participation from throughout the state.  Forty high schools statewide have bowling programs, with 18 competing in 5A and about half of those fielding teams at the state tournament.