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Prep bowling teams at a glance



Published: Sun, December 2, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

BOARDMAN GIRLS

Top players: senior Jessica Shobel, juniors Katie Heffron, Erica Palocyi & Irish O’Driscoll and sophomores Myranda Bukovinsky & Cheyene Montemarano. The Lady Spartans will be led by freshman newcomer Alexis Grim and Lindsey Dugan (170 avg.), a senior and three-year letterwinner. Grim had games of 243 & 227 against GlenOak last week.

Outlook: Very young but hoping to improve on last year’s 4-13 record. The season is filled with potential and optimism.

BOYS

Top players: seniors Robby Childs, Dylan Langer, Brandon McClain & Cory Winebold. The lone junior is Jonathan (J.T.) Tiberio, a second-team All-Federal League pick in 2011-12. Sophomores are Kevin Hynes, Tristan Myers, Nick Tancabel & Jake Wagner — an All-Federal honorable mention as a freshman.

Outlook: The Spartans have set their sights on a return trip to state, although a Federal League championship is the first goal. There’s balance with four seniors, one junior and four sophomores.

BROOKFIELD BOYS

Coach: George Lesnansky, Jr.

Last season: 7-8

Top players: juniors Adam Brooks (160 avg.), Bradley Bridge (145) & Nick Kerr (130) and senior Joey Grandon-Sullinger (130).

Outlook: Seven return, but only three varsity lettermen. Adam Brooks should be a team leader with the most experience as he has made significant improvements. His preseason practice average has been in the high 180s.

CANFIELD GIRLS

Coach: Sarah Letscher

Last season: Overall 4-12, AAC 3-7

Top players: Junior Krystal Bates (165 avg.)

Outlook: With a new coach and eight new bowlers, including seven freshmen, the Cardinals are in a building season. Led by captain Krystal Bates, Canfield will continue to show improvement to improve over last season’s record.

BOYS

Coach: Carl Hurd

Last season: 14-5

Top players: senior Mike Dercoli, team captain (206 avg.), juniors Paul Harris (214) and Tyler Frklech (199) & sophomore Ben Shoman (198).

Outlook: With the addition of freshman Andrew Letscher, the Cardinals field a strong starting five with steady contributors from the bench being seniors Anthony Bettile and Andrew Jarvis along with sophomore Austin Leonard. Canfield expects to have a solid season.

CHAMPION BOYS

Coach: Bryan Gill

Last season: 15-1

Top players: senior Eric Ferraro (214 avg.); juniors Zach Zigmont (192), Justin Cox (187) & Dan Simmons (212); sophomores Jared Gould (193), Sam Adya (172), David Yenchocic & Trenton Bosca; freshmen Joe Martin, Jake Fritch, Jacob Burnfield & Preston Shively.

Outlook: “Very promising. We have a great group of kids who are working hard and as a team to make this year a successful one.” — Gill.

GIRARD GIRLS

Coaches: Todd Reinhart, assistant Steve Horger

Last season: 14-2

Top players: junior Alexis Cloud (180 avg.), sophomore Mackenzie Olesky (172) & senior Casie Cupan (167). Newcomers: seniors Kayla Rhodes & Miranda Boyle & sophomore Brandi Shonce.

Outlook: “We had a very successful year last season and the girls are focused on making this year even better.” — Reinhart.

BOYS

Coaches: Todd Reinhart, assistant Steve Horger

Last season: 7-11.

Top players: seniors Mike DiVincenzo (190 avg.), Tyller Shonce 190, Kade Swartz Sr. (169), Tyler Shonce (172), Ethan Best (161) & Cody Griffin, a newcomer (200).

Outlook: “We have a ton of experience which hopefully turns into a great year.” — Reinhart.

HOWLAND

Coaches: Anthony Bernard

Last season: 8-8 (boys); 8-7 (girls)

Top players: Boys, junior Bridger Kowalczyk (176 avg.); Girls, senior Hannah Vandergrift (163 avg.).

Outlook: The boys return a young but more consistent-shooting team throughout the season.

The girls are much-improved from the previous year with three returning seniors and a new, young core. Expectations are to continuously improve in a tough conference.

HUBBARD BOYS

Coach: Ron Killian

Last season: 10-6 (district qualifier)

Top players: seniors David Clayton (203 avg.), Lendon Dobay (175) & Jacob Runion; sophomores Mitchell Cohol (194) & Dylan Dobay.

Outlook: “We are expecting a great season with four returning starters and some good younger bowlers. We are excited to get started and improve on last year’s finish.” — Killian.

LABRAE GIRLS

Coaches: Adrienne Bland; assistant Cliff Diles

Last season: 8-6

Top players: Ashley Gregory, Desir Click, Haley Persons, Tia Jones & Kelly Tennant to replace graduated Renee Brumbaugh (138 avg.), Karley Sullivan, Kelsey Schuster, Kasey Lomax & Taylor Diehl. This year’s seniors are Paige Burnfield, Michaela Shaffer, Alaina Sersich, Hannah Brown & Tiffany Warne.

Outlook: The Lady Vikings — a Kent district qualifier — return members from a team that won the Farmer’s Bank Tournament at Crestview Lanes at the end of last season. LaBrae hopes to build on last year’s finish and have a big season.

BOYS

Coach: John Wolford.

Last season: 2-12

Graduated: Dakota Jones (175)

Top players: seniors Teddy Williams (187 avg.), Jacob Smith (180), Mike Roberts & Brandon Laurenzi; sophomore Brandon Bergstrom (182) & junior Gerry Booze (151). Key additions are sophomore Alex Sisler (166), freshman Logan McCloud (154) & freshman Jeremiah Jindra.

Outlook: off to a 2-0 start, already equalling last year’s win total. Four seniors backed up by capable underclassmen Bergstrom, Sisler and Booze, as well as freshmen McCloud and Jindra. The Vikings look to improve dramatically.

LAKEVIEW GIRLS

Coach: Mike Turco

Last season: 7-5.

Top players: senior Kayla Reese (163 avg.); juniors Courtney Budnik (159), Justine Pinkerton (131), Valerie Szabo (170) & Carly Vargo (159).

Outlook: “The girls look strong this year and I’m proud of how they are preparing for the upcoming season. They work hard and are very dedicated.” — Turco.

MAPLEWOOD

BOYS

Coach: Mark McCloskey

Last season: 14-0 (boys), 6-4 (girls).

Top players: senior Matt Horner (avg. 191), juniors Justin Gardner (190) & Chris McCoy (185), sophomore Mark McCloskey II (191) and freshman Nick Horner (171).

GIRLS

Coach: Mark McCloskey

Top players: seniors Phyllis Armstrong (avg. 171) & Ashley Lloyd (135), sophomores Danielle Elwood (135) & Ellie Yost (85).

Outlook: Gardner, Horner and McCoy are tops among the seven returning lettermen.

STRUTHERS BOYS

Coach Bob Eisenbraun Jr.

Last season: 15-1

Top players: Mike Donofrio, Alex Cifra & Dan Diloreto

Outlook: “The key will be our freshmen and sophomores and how they progress. We have to get a little better every week to be successful.” — Eisenbraun Jr.

GIRLS

Coach Bob Eisenbraun Sr.

Last season: 1-14

Top players: Kara Trella & Macayla Razo.

Outlook: “We have a lot of new bowlers, so stressing fundamentals and spare-shooting will be necessary to improve on last year.” — Eisenbraun Sr.

John Bassetti


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