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Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Jeremy Milton, 14th MP Bde., bowls a practice round prior to the Commanderís Cup Bowling Tournament March 9 at Daughery Bowling Center. Milton led the 14th MPs in a second-night rally to win the tournament.

Team rallies on second night of tournament to claim bowling title

Story and photos by Matt Decker
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One week after winning the 2017 intramural season, the 14th Military Police Brigade proved themselves masters of the Daugherty Bowling Center lanes once again, emerging as the winners of the two-day 2017 Commander’s Cup Bowling Tournament, which ended March 9.

From left, 14th MP Bde. bowling team coach Kelly Pippin and team members Tony Leonvega, Dan Eckroth, Rob Graber and Jeremy Milton hold up the 2017 Commanderís Cup Bowling Tournament championship trophy after taking first place March 9 at DBC.
Jeremy Milton, Tony Leonvega, Dan Eckroth and Rob Graber turned a 74-pin deficit after the first night of the tournament into a 21-pin victory by the tournament’s end. Together, they averaged 163 points per game.

“It’s a team effort, and a team victory,” said Milton, who led the 14th MP Bde. in scoring the second night.

The five-team tournament was limited to military-unit teams that completed the intramural season.

Each four-player team bowled three games each night, with one point awarded for each pin knocked down.

The 554th Engineer Battalion led the first night of the tournament with 2,068 points, followed by the 14th MP Bde., with 1,994, the 1st Engineer Brigade with 1,766, the 763rd Ordnance Company with 1,747, and the Medical Department Activity with 1,327.

Tony Leonvega, 14th MP Bde., center, prepares to bowl a practice round as his teammates and players from the 544th Engr. Bn. warm up for the second night of the Commanderís Cup Bowling Tournament March 9 at DBC.
The 14th MP Bde. ended the second night in first place with a total of 3,920 points, while the 554th Engr. Bn. finished second with 3,899. The 1st Engr. Bde. finished third with 3,435, followed by the 763rd EOD with 3,316 and MEDDAC with 2,632 points.

Kelly Pippin, 14th MP Bde. coach, said the win was the result of the teammates “just believing in each other,” something they’ve done since the beginning of the intramural season.

“Actually, this (season) was the first time this team has been put together. Our first night, we realized we had something special, and we just kept building on it,” Pippin said. 

Milton said that over the course of the season, the members of the bowling team became, “like Family.”

“We come here and we feed off each other. When someone’s struggling, we pick each other up,” Milton said. “It’s all about having a good time.”
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