A mixture of returning bowlers and youth will grace the two area high school bowling squads this winter. St. Bede Academy and Hall High School are the mirror opposites of each other as one’s girls squad has lots of experience and the other has experience on the boys side.
While the Hall boys team will be relatively young, the girls side has experience which should benefit them as the season goes on behind the bowling of state qualifier Kaitlyn Padgett, who finished 54th last year, Clarrissa Gerrard and Heidi Neilsen.
Hall High School bowling coach Monica Hrovat believes those three bowlers will lead her squad.
“Kaitlyn can be a leader for the team,” said Hrovat of her state qualifier. “She has worked really hard to be the bowler she has become, and the girls can learn from her.”
The rest of the Lady Devils squad are fairly new to bowling but should do fine with hard work, Hrovat said. They include Nicole Whitten, Rebecca Schmidt, Olivia Bergagna, Hayleigh Olson, Natalie Stocking, Crystal Hurtado, Adriana Avila and Kailyn Weber.
St. Bede will look to a senior, Savannah Player and sophomore Emma Wilke to lead their young girls squad looking to replace the graduated Barbi Prokup, Nicole Yaklich and Lainie Schweickert.
Freshmen Kaytlin Brandt has impressed the SBA coaching staff early on in practices whose roster also includes freshmen Aiko Mendoza, Lauren Silfies, Stephanie Boehm and junior Desiree Jordan Dickerson.
“The main goal I set for my bowlers is for them to improve from the beginning of the season to the end,” said veteran coach Buck Emmerling of both of his teams. “Fans can expect to see a hard working team that won’t give up until the final ball is rolled but that they can expect to see a team that is having fun and enjoying the game of bowling.”
At St. Bede Academy, Emmerling expects his seniors to lead his squad in their contests this winter.
“Dominic Sondgeroth and Devin Forbes have put in extra hours on the lanes,” said Emmerling of two of his three seniors that also includes Matt Silfies. “They both bowled in a youth league in the off season and that always helps to prepare for the high school season.”
In addition to putting the time in at the lanes, the SBA coach believes his returning senior boys are a good core group to build around and they are each capable of leading the team on any given night.
Last week against Mendota, Mike Rosenberg led the Bruins with a series high of 567. Rosenberg and the three seniors are part of a 14-person roster with eight freshmen including Bradyn Atkinson, Dash Burgess, Kristian Gensler, Kevin Lu, Jacob Dudek, Chris Haas, Chris Moore, Adam Claggett, sophomore Alex McCloskey and junior Dennis Andreev.
While Emmerling returns three seniors who he will count on regularly, Hrovat graduated her top bowler the previous three years, David McManus along with three other bowlers who graduated.
According to Hrovat, she believes Kyle Barkley and James Russell will lead the boys team that will be relatively young. Rounding out the Hall squad are Miguel Marquez, Simon Burcham, Hayden Nielsen, Marcquis Briddick, Tyler Turpen, Blake Lynn, Pete Mautino, Alex Krutson, Noah Lautner, Jake Wertz, Josh Stoner, Terry Stedman, Brian Lucas, Josh Ruda and Anthony Papin.
“They will get better as the season goes on,” said Hrovat ofher young boys bowling squad. “My goal for the boy’s team is that they will get better individually as the season progresses.”
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