Mid-Michigan boys bowling preview

Mid-Michigan boys bowling preview

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Mid-Michigan boys bowling preview

The high school bowling season is underway in mid-Michigan.

The high school bowling season is underway in mid-Michigan.

CAAC BLUE

EATON RAPIDS

Coach: Randy Boos/Rod McCarrick (1st season)

Top returning bowlers: Jansen Stone (jr.), Chandler Zohott (jr.), Garrett Grulke (jr.)

Other contributors: Hunter Levering (so.)

Outlook: Stone, Zohott and Grulke are three-year varsity bowlers, and both Boos and McCarrick hope experience can lift the Greyhounds higher in the league standings.

EVERETT

Last season: 1-10

Coach: Jerry Ruthruff

Top returning bowlers: Austin Arnold (sr.), Joe Snider (jr.), Nic Snider (sr.), Tate Levindoski (sr.)

Other contributors: Chase Look (so.)

Outlook: With several key pieces returning, Ruthruff said he expects the Vikings to contend for a conference title, as well as make a run in the regional tournament. Levindoski is a four-year bowler, while Joe and Nic Snider are three-year bowlers.

WAVERLY

Last season: 3-11-1

Coach: Jim Nebbeling (1st season)

Top returning bowlers: Jacob Nebbeling (sr.), Nick Behrens (jr.), Christian Clemmons (sr.), Mark Dymond (sr.)

Other contributors: Caleb Woloszyn-Duffy (jr.), Ray Olsen (sr.), Justin Nebbeling (so.)

Outlook: With all of last year’s starters returning, first-year coach Jim Nebbeling expects the Warriors to compete for the conference title this year. Jacob Nebbeling is a returning four-year varsity bowler who earned honorable mention district honors last season.

CAAC RED

EAST LANSING

Last season: 8-1-1

Coach: John Walter (5th season)

Top returning bowlers: Ethan Franklin (sr.)

Other contributors: Jack Gagnier (so.), Jake Daniels (jr.)

Outlook: Fresh off a CAAC Red title, Walter graduated five of his six varsity players from last year. He said he’ll need sophomore and juniors to step up if his team hopes to improve. Franklin is a four-year starter and was all-conference last year.

HOLT

Last season: 5-4-1

Coach: Josh Regnier (2nd season)

Top returning bowlers: Chris Slear (sr.), Dakota Belen (sr.), Kyle Robins (sr.), Pierre Liddell (jr.)

Outlook: With Jackson and Mason posing the toughest threats, Reginer says the Rams must bring their “A game” to get to the top of the standings. Senior Dakota Belen finished in 29th place at last year’s regional.

MASON

Last season: 5-5

Coach: Jim Valentine (9th season)

Top returning bowlers: Marshall Clark (sr.), Andrew Johnson (jr.), Jayden Engle (so.)

Other contributors: Jordan McCowan (fr.), Justin Engle (fr.), Hayden Kuch (fr.)

Outlook: Valentine said the Bulldogs will be very competitive with the addition of “good, young” bowlers. Clark was a top-5 finisher in the CAAC singles tournament last year.

OTHERS

CHARLOTTE

Last season: 2nd (Interstate-8)

Coach: David Jackson (20th season)

Top returning bowlers: Connor Fox (sr.), Jonny Dzik (jr.), Kaleb Bowen (jr.), Chase Cullimor (sr.), William Kelley (sr.)

Outlook: Jackson expects the Orioles to finish in the top 3 of the Interstate-8 conference. Fox is a returning four-year varsity bowler and Dzik and Bowen are three-year bowlers.

LAKEWOOD

Last season: first year as a program

Coach: John Kutas (1st season)

Outlook: Kutas hopes to establish the Vikings’ boys bowling team as a competitive program in its first season. He believes the program will have a solid foundation in a couple seasons.

LANSING CHRISTIAN

Last season: 1-12

Coach: Tucker Riffle (2nd season)

Top returning bowlers: Brendan Smith (so.), Seth Tryon (so.), Bo Tate (jr.)

Other contributors: Nathan Gebers (fr.)

Outlook: Riffle says the Pilgrims are looking to gain more experience in the new season. Lansing Christian will have four sophomore and three freshmen on the team this year, which includes second-year varsity bowlers Smith and Tryon.

ITHACA

Last season: 14-7

Coach: Wallace Schneider (13th season)

Top returning bowlers: Blake Gulick (sr.), Jared Baublitz (sr.), Dalton Carl (so.), Dylan Macha (so.)

Other contributors: Elijiah Bongard (jr.), Matt Hoard (so.), Jared Hoard (so.)

Outlook: Schneider believes the Yellowjackets will be the favorite to win their league, as a solid core of returners and new guys that have been in the program for a while. Gulick and Baublitz both earned all-conference and all-state honors last year, and Macha was second-team all-conference.

OLIVET

Last season: 6-3

Coach: Susa Higgins (2nd season)

Top returning bowlers: Daniel Higgins (jr.), Andrew Higgins (so.)

Other contributors: Keltsy Williams (fr.)

Outlook: Daniel Higgins was first-team all-conference last year and Andrew Higgins was second-team all-conference. Coach Higgins said Olivet has newcomers that will contribute to the team.

OVID-ELSIE

Last season: 11-4

Coach: Matt Fabus (9th season)

Top returning bowlers: Matt Zedemont (sr.), Dylan Walter (sr.), Wyatt Munson (sr.)

Other contributors: Tagan Terpening (so.), Dylan Brown (sr.)

Outlook: The Marauders look to improve off last year’s second-place league finish with a cast of returning bowlers such as Zedemont, Walter and Munson.

PEWAMO-WESTPHALIA

Last season: 11-0

Coach: Todd Droste (3rd season)

Top returning bowlers: Robert Cicigoi (sr.), Matt Baker (so.), Derek Spitzley (so.)

Other contributors: Ryan Schafer (so.), Blake Hengesbach (jr.)

Outlook: The Pirates return just one senior in Cicigoi from last year’s team that won the CMAC. With all the inexperience, Droste is unsure how the season will play out.

PORTLAND ST. PATRICKS

Last season: 2nd

Coach: Terry Schrauben (20-plus seasons)

Top returning bowlers: Fischer Klein (sr.), Blake Wohlscheid (jr.), Thomas Wernet (sr.), Phillips Wernet (sr.), Alex Fedewa (sr.), Matt Jandernoa (jr.)

Other contributors: Cole Fedewa (fr.), Zak Arwood (fr.), Adam Brown (jr.), Stephen Wenet (fr.), Jake Pung (fr.)

Outlook: Schrauben expects his veteran team to finish in the top 2 of the conference standings. Jandernoa has qualified for the state tournament the past two seasons.

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