LAWTON, OK (TNN) - A group of Lawton Eisenhower girls is chasing greatness as they attempt to win their seventh straight bowling state championship.
Eisenhower Senior Daequnesha Copeland said she started bowling when she was three and quickly fell in love. Now a senior in high school, she’s hoping to earn her fourth consecutive state championship.
"I’m just really grateful, I’m grateful for my team to help me get there, I’m really helpful for my coach to help me get there. I’m grateful for the parents that are here. It’s just a great experience to go through,” Copeland said.
Eisenhower’s girls team has won every state championship since 2013 but it’s actually not the winning that drives Copeland. It’s her teammates.
"These girls here are my sister, I’d do anything for them. This has been a great experience, everything about this experience has been great and I love everything about this,” Copeland said.
But while the team might not focus on the dynasty they’ve created, their coach says others do.
"We have a big target on our back, everybody’s out for us but that’s what makes you better, people coming at you, challenging you, it makes the sport better,” said Eisenhower bowling coach James Bomboy.
Bomboy said it makes the sport better because it brings more people to it.
"They want to try to be the ones to knock off the reigning state champs. Our sport is improving, and it does have a lot to do with our high school sports,” Bomboy said.
There will be 14 teams going up against Eisenhower on Saturday, all hoping to knock them off their throne. Copeland said she doesn’t plan on letting them, but either way, she’ll be OK.
"We just focus on bowling and have fun out here. That’s the whole point of all of this,” Copeland said.
Eisenhower’s girls team will not be the only ones heading to state. The Eisenhower boys team also qualified, as did the MacArthur girls team.