His consistency couldn’t have been more important to the Canfield High boys bowling team than during its entire 2012-13 season.
“I think, from start to finish, Mike was our most consistent bowler,” said coach Carl Hurd, who didn’t hesitate to add the significant contribution of two others in the postseason.
“Ben Shoman and Andrew Letscher made the difference at tournament time, but we needed Mike the whole season and that’s what it’s about, not just the postseason.”
Dercoli, who threw a 300 game during a regular-season match and averaged 208, joined Shoman, Letscher, Paul Harris and Tyler Frklech as well as Anthony Bettile and Andrew Jarvis in bringing home the school’s first-ever state championship.
Before the season, Dercoli, the son of Mike and Cathy Dercoli, wouldn’t have imagined Canfield as state champion.
“I’d think it would have been far-fetched,” Dercoli said. “I wouldn’t have expected that because we’d never been to state before.”
But, when the Cardinals started 2012-13 by beating Struthers in their first match, their bowlers may have sensed something special.
The 18-year-old Dercoli who considers himself a closet science nerd is headed to YSU to major in physics with a minor in astronomy.
Dercoli was in Canfield High’s main building for most of his first three years, but his senior school year has been at the Mahoning Co. Career and Technical Center where he’s attending mainly labs in the biology and chemistry area, as well as core classes. He’s also taking YSU classes.