Mid-Michigan girls bowling preview

Mid-Michigan girls bowling preview

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Mid-Michigan girls bowling preview

Here is a breakdown of the high school girls bowling teams in mid-Michigan.

Here is a breakdown of the high school girls bowling teams in mid-Michigan.

CAAC BLUE

EATON RAPIDS

Coach: Ned Palmer (4th season)

Top returning bowlers: Jordyn Stone (sr.), Kelsey Dassance (sr.), Shelby Perry (sr.)

Outlook: Palmer hopes the Greyhounds’ returning bowlers can lift the team to a better finish this season. Eaton Rapids placed eighth at regionals last year. Stone and Dassance are four-year varsity bowlers, while Perry is a three-year vet. Stone finished ninth at states last season.

OWOSSO

Coach: Penny Stillwagon (19th season)

Top returning bowlers: Hailey Hagerty (sr.), Bailey Snyder (sr.), Kendra Matthies (sr.), Dominique Cook (sr.), Laken Williamson (so.)

Other contributors: Delaney Zalecki (fr.), Madison Pitt (fr.)

Outlook: The Trojans believe they can finish at the top of the league with a mix of veterans and newcomers. Matthies returns for her senior season after having hip surgery.

WAVERLY

Last season: 5-7-1

Coach: Scott Duff (1st season)

Top returning bowlers: Rose Allswede (sr.), Carissa Bracamontes (jr.), Maggie Hicks (jr.)

Other contributors: Taylor Duff (fr.)

Outlook: Duff believes the Warriors have what it takes to compete for the league title. Allswede is a four-year varsity bowler and Taylor Duff is expected to be a major contributor.

CAAC RED

EAST LANSING

Last season: 5-5

Coach: John Walter (5th season)

Top returning bowlers: Montgomery Smith (sr.), Diana Camarillo (jr.)

Other contributors: Alexis Salaazar (so.)

Outlook: Walter believes the Trojans will be chasing both Mason and Jackson for the league title, but believes his team has the ability to be in the mix for a top spot in the conference.

HOLT

Last season: 5-5

Coach: Alexis Mollitor (2nd season)

Top returning bowlers: Erin Hammond (jr.), Morgan Walters (so.), Brianna Franks (so.)

Other contributors: Gabriella VanHorn (fr.)

Outlook: Mollitor expects the Rams to make it to states for the first time in five seasons. Hammond, Walters and Franks all improved their pin average last year, and VanHorn, a freshman, is expected to contribute right away.

MASON

Last season: 10-0

Coach: Terry Doumer (10th season)

Top returning bowlers: Brittany McCowan (sr.), Rachel Spragg (sr.), Kaycee Richmond (sr.), Logan Leighty (sr.)

Other contributors: Tala Sawyer (so.)

Outlook: All-conference selections McCowan, Spragg and Richmond look to take the Bulldogs back to the top of the CAAC Red this season.

OTHERS

CHARLOTTE

Last season: 12-0

Coach: Pat Landry (3rd season)

Top returning bowlers: Malorie Kiplinger (sr.), Taylor Wendorf (sr.), Brooke Noecker (jr.), Maddy Burdick (so.), Whitney Adams (so.)

Other contributors: Mikayla Fraley (fr.), Marissa Wood (fr.)

Outlook: The reigning Interstate-8 champions will look to get their seventh regional championship this season. The Orioles lost in the semifinals of the Division 2 state tournament last year, and Landry says this year’s run will depend on his team’s “dedication.” Kiplinger and Wendorf finished in the top 10 at regionals last year and both were all-state selections.

ITHACA

Last season: 23-1

Coach: Daniel Macha (8th season)

Top returning bowlers: Arianna Woodrow (sr.), Heidi Seeley (jr.), Haylee Sigafoose (jr.), Channing Gulick (sr.)

Other contributors: Madi Pung (sr.), Shannon Whitaker (jr.), Mikayla Woodrow (so.), Bethany Slater (fr.)

Outlook: The Yellowjackets, who where the TVC West champs last season, fell 22 pins short of qualifying for the state finals. Macha believes the team has a chance to bounce back this year. Arianna Woodrow, Seeley and Sigafoose were first-team all-conference last season.

PEWAMO-WESTPHALIA

Last season: 2-5

Coach: Todd Droste (3rd season)

Top returning bowlers: Jenna Kramer (so.), Izzy Parker (so.), Harley Tratnik (jr.)

Other contributors: Jacey Miller (jr.), Jenay Bengal (so.)

Outlook: The young Pirates look to improve from last year’s 2-5 record in the CMAC.

PORTLAND ST. PATRICKS

Last season: 1st in CMAC

Coach: Jonda Schrauben (8th season)

Top returning bowlers: Abby Mason (jr.), Emma Trierweiler (jr.), Abby Pearson (so.), Kayla Shaw (so.)

Other contributors: Kara Shaw (fr.), Jerika Kihn (fr.)

Outlook: Despite having a younger team this season, Schrauben said she expects good things. The Shamrocks won the CMAC last years and placed sixth in the state tournament.

Contact James L. Edwards III at jledwards@lsj.com. Follow him on Twitter @JLEdwardsIII.

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