Returning veterans, new hopefuls, and a powerful energy are going into this year’s bowling team, as their new season begins.
Last year, the team did well, placing second in Section One of the Lancaster-Lebanon League, behind Ephrata, with a record of 9-4. Going into this season, the team has ambitious aspirations, with Coach Jennifer Wagner aiming to get the team into the number one position of Section One.
“I think [we’re looking forward to] the competitive aspect, and growing together as a family unit, and being a strong team overall,” said Wagner.
Last year’s individual state champion, junior Kolby Bennett, sees the team, as well as himself, being able to pull off a number of wins, and having potential to even return to States as a team.
“I would like to win at least two tournaments this year,” said Bennett. “As a team, I personally think we can make it to States as long as we work well together, but I think we can win at least two or three tournaments and I think that’s the goal.”
Seniors Scott Garrett and Paige Boyd are long-standing members of the bowling team who look at the new roster and see the team receiving a second wind. Some of these players include freshmen Darren Zombros and Connor Firestone, as well as senior Enzo Emerich.
“I’m excited, and the reason why I’m excited is a lot of the new bowlers that are coming in this year gives us a little new energy,” said Garrett. “Last year, we underperformed from our expectations.”
The bowling team has a record 20 members.
“We have a really big team this year,” said Boyd. “I think my favorite part is gonna be being able to hang out with everyone at all the matches… and not focus on just the match.”
With a greater number of players, teammates will be more able to cover each other’s performances during bad days or crucial matches. In the past, this has been something they have excelled at, and is part of the reason for the team’s strong performance.
“I think our team always seems to rise to the occasion,” said Wagner. “When we have close matches, they always seem to come in clutch.”