The Neshoba Central bowling team defeated Starkville High School Thursday in their fourth head-to-head match-up in what is the Rockets inaugural season. While they may look like seasoned veterans, for many of these Rockets, that's hardly the case.
"Our kids have really enjoyed learning how to bowl and I'm learning the bowling game myself because i was not a bowler prior to this," says coach Joey Blount. "They've really gotten into it. They've really enjoyed and so have I."
Before these head-to-head matches began, the rockets would scrimmage by sending scores to match with a school in a different arena.
"It's more competition. Some people could lie or something if it was a call-in," says Junior Devin Skinner. "But here, we have better competition and we can see what they're doing and what we need to do to beat them."
Skinner started bowling in October.
"It's fun to have competition with somebody else..... It brings out the best in me," says junior Marissa Stanfill.
But rather than build tension, having both teams in the same bowling alley builds comraderie and respect.
"The number one rule is sportsmanship. So want to make them feel as welcome as (they would at) home," says Skinner.