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High school boys and girls bowling preview

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

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

Below is a breakdown of the boys and girls bowling teams in the Lansing area. (Note: Schools are listed in alphabetical order)

BOYS

EASTERN

Last season: 9-3 (2nd in CAAC Blue)

Coach: Billy Salazar (3rd season)

Top returning bowlers: Kyle Lewis (jr.), Dennis Crump (sr.), Justin Genson (sr.)

Other contributors: Lawson Starkey (so.), Shawn Mireles (jr.), Tyler Savceda

Outlook: After capturing the school’s first state title (in any sport) in 35 years, the Quakers are looking to continue their success in the new season. Lewis was an all-state selection last year. Crump, an all-conference pick, and Genson are also returning starters from last year’s state championship team. Salazar expects Eastern to contend for the CAAC title.

EAST LANSING

Coach: John Walter (6th season)

Top returning bowlers: Jake Daniels (sr.), Hunter Potter (sr.), Cameron Abrams (sr.), Jack Gagnier (jr.), Ryan Clingenpeel (jr.)

Outlook: The Trojans have five bowlers who have some experience, according to Walter. The sixth-year coach said his team can be competitive in the CAAC Red if it “competes at its best.”

EATON RAPIDS

Last season: 10-4 (CAAC Blue)

Coach: Randy Boos/Rod McCarrick (2nd season)

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

Other contributors: Zach Markcum (jr.), Ethan Filion (so.)

Outlook: The Greyhounds will return all five starters from last season and will look to continue to stay near the top of the league. Stone, Grulke and Zohott are all four-year varsity bowlers. Stone and Levering, a three-year varsity bowlers, were all-league last year.

HASLETT

Last season: 9-6 (t-3rd in CAAC Red)

Coach: Dean Matsudo (12th season)

Top returning bowlers: Jake Tebedo (sr.), Anthony Amoroso (sr.), Jerrod Gardner (sr.), Matt Bidigare (jr.), Tim Hamilton (jr.), Nick Radedcki (sr.)

Outlook: Tebedo was an all-league selection as a junior and finished second at the CAAC singles meet. Amoroso was an honorable mention pick a season ago. Matsudo feels the Vikings have an opportunity to challenge for the league title with a blend of solid returners and promising newcomers.

HOLT

Last season: 7-3 (t-3rd in CAAC Red)

Coach: Josh Regnier (3rd season)

Top returning bowlers: Pierre Liddell (sr.), Devin Potter (jr.)

Other contributors: Steven Levra Jr. (fr.), Jaden Townsend (fr.), Austin Montgomery (fr.)

Outlook: The Rams have seven freshman on their 10-man roster, and Regnier said his squad has “high goals” for this season, which includes making it to states for the first time in seven seasons.

ITHACA

Last season: 11-1 (1st in TVC West)

Coach: Wallace Schneider (14th season)

Top returning bowlers: Dylan Macha (jr.), Dalton Carl (jr.), Matt Hoard (jr.), Jared Hoard (jr.), Eli Bongard (sr.)

Other contributors: Josh Bauman (jr.), Collin Handy (jr.)

Outlook: With a solid crop of upperclassmen, the Yellowjackets will look to replace just two seniors from last year’s team, which posted an 11-1 record. Macha, Carl and Matt Hoard were first-team all-conference selections as sophomores, and Schneider believes all three will play big roles as Ithaca looks to win its league and make it to the state tournament. Schneider, whose team moved up to Division 3 this season, has a chance to grab his 150th career coaching victory this year.

LAKEWOOD

Last season: 10-2 (2nd in GLAC)

Coach: John Kutas (2nd season)

Top returning bowlers: Nick Schuiling (sr.), Chris Paulik (so.)

Outlook: The Vikings bring back just two bowlers from last year’s squad, and Kutas said the second-year program will undergo a rebuilding season. Lakewood is young, but Kutas believes his team will be very competitive and compete for a top-3 spot in the conference. Paulik was a third-team all-conference selection as a freshman.

MASON

Last season: 6-4 (4th in CAAC Red)

Coach: Jim Valentine (10th season)

Top returning bowlers: Andrew Johnson (sr.), Jayden Engle (sr.), Jordan McCowan (so.), Hayden Kuch (so.), Justin Engle (so.)

Outlook: With nine underclassmen on the roster, the Bulldogs are looking to improve each day and continue to post a winning record.

OLIVET

Last season: 3-7 (4th in GLAC)

Coach: Susan Higgins (3rd season)

Top returning bowlers: Daniel Higgins (sr.), Andrew Higgins (jr.), Ty Krauss (jr.)

Other contributors: Keagan Smith (so.), Kenny Valley (fr.)

Outlook: With some experienced bowlers returning, including Daniel Higgins, who was the Division 3 state champion last season, coach Susan Higgins expects the Eagles to contend for the league title. Andrew Higgins was a first-team all-state selection last season, and Ty Krauss is entering his third year on varsity. Susan Higgins said the incoming underclassmen will add depth for Olivet this season.

OVID-ELSIE

Last season: 4th (TVC West)

Coach: Matt Fabus (9th season)

Top returning bowler: Tagen Terpening (jr.)

Other contributors: Justin Houska (jr.), Cody Syers (jr.), Trayton Terpening (fr.), Eian Bushard (fr.)

Outlook: The Marauders are looking to improve from last year’s fourth-place league finish. Tagan Terpening is in his third year on varsity and was a second-team all-conference selection as a sophomore.

PEWAMO-WESTPHALIA

Coaches: Brian Miller and Gregg Gilliland

Top returning bowlers: Blake Hengesbach (sr.), Ryan Schafer (so.)

Other contributors: Grant Sorrell (so.), Brennon Vangessel (so.), Ty Genereux (so.), Brendon Cassell (fr.)

Outlook: With no junior varsity team, the Pirates have a heap of newcomers who will look to contribute right away. Hengesbach and Schafer will lead the way as Pewamo-Westphalia tries to get its young bowlers adjusted to varsity competition.

WAVERLY

Last season: 8-4 (3rd in CAAC Blue)

Coach: Jim Nebbeling (3rd season)

Top returning bowlers: Nick Behrens (sr.), Justin Nebbeling (jr.), Caleb Woloszyn-Duffy (sr.)

Other contributors: Conner Thompson (sr.), Dylan Dalman (so.), Kevin Kirkland (so.)

Outlook: The Warriors are coming off a fourth-place finish at the Division 2 regionals, and coach Jim Nebbeling is looking for his team to continue to be on the rise this season. Behrens finished first at regionals a year ago and was an all-conference selection. Justin Nebbeling was an honorable mention all-conference pick as a sophomore, and Woloszyn-Duffy is entering his third year on varsity.

GIRLS

ALMA

Last season: 2nd (TVC West)

Coach: Ken Shunk (11th season)

Top returning bowlers: Morgan Johnson (jr.), Aaliyah Wilson (jr.), Hallie Weaver (so.), Sarah Gadde (so.), Kemmie Shunk (jr.)

Other contributors: Morgan Lindsey (jr.), Shauna Brenner (jr.)

Outlook: The Panthers return five starters from last year’s team that captured the Division 3 state championship. Both Gadde and Kemmie were all-conference selections last year. Shunk believes his team has the pieces to repeat as state champions.

CHARLOTTE

Last season: 1st (Interstate-8 Conference)

Coach: Pat Landry (4th season)

Top returning bowlers: Brooke Noecker (sr.), Whitney Adams (jr.), Maddy Burdick (jr.), Alexis Saddler (sr.), Marissa Wood (so.), Taylor LaMacchia (so.), Carlee Jones (so.), Mikayla Fraley (so.)

Outlook: The Orioles will take their talents to the CAAC Red after going unbeaten in the Interstate-8 a season ago. Noecker was a second-team all-state selection as a junior and qualified for the state tournament. Burdick was a third-team all-state selection and a state qualifier last year. Landry expects the upperclassmen to lead the way and said the team’s success will depend on how hard the teams works. Adams, like Noecker and Burdick, is a three-year varsity bowler.

EAST LANSING

Coach: John Walter (6th season)

Top returning bowlers: Diana Camarillo (sr.), Alexis Salazar (jr.)

Other contributors: Taryn Womboldt

Outlook: The Trojans return two experienced bowlers in Camarillo and Salazar, and Walter expects Womboldt to contribute this season. East Lansing is an inexperienced team this year looking to get better as the season progresses.

EATON RAPIDS

Last season: 9-3 (CAAC Blue)

Coach: Ned Palmer (5th season)

Top returning bowlers: Bianca Lopez-Reid (sr.), McKenize Martin (jr.), Kailee Treloar (jr.)

Outlook: The Greyhounds lost four key contributors to graduation. Palmer said his team will be rebuilding this season with Lopez-Reid, Martin and Treloar leading the way, as all three have multiple years of varsity experience.

HASLETT

Last season: 4-11 (5th in CAAC Red)

Coach: Dean Matsudo (12th season)

Top returning bowlers: Cassidy Wolf (sr.), Olivia Yarsevich (Sr.)

Other contributors: Delaney Andridge (so.), Samantha Munson (sr.), Ashlyn Tebedo (fr.), Molly Lehman (fr.), Shannon Kaczmarczyk (fr.)

Outlook: The Vikings will bring back just four bowlers from last year but will have 20 girls on their roster. Matsudo has been impressed with his underclassmen and believes many of them have an opportunity to be starters by mid-season. Matsudo expects Haslett to compete for the league title within a few years.

HOLT

Last season: 3rd (CAAC Blue)

Coach: Alexis Regnier (3rd season)

Top returning bowlers: Erin Hammond (sr.), Brianna Franks (jr.), Morgan Walters (jr.), Gabby VanHorn (so.), Paige Montry (jr.)

Outlook: The Rams have 12 bowlers on their roster this season, which is deeper than previous years. Regnier said Holt has high hopes this season and plans on going to states for the first time in seven seasons. Franks finished 11th at the regional tournament last year.

ITHACA

Last season: 9-3 (TVC West)

Coach: Daniel Macha (7th season)

Top returning bowlers: Bethany Slater (so.), Heidi Seeley (sr.), Haylee Sigafoose (sr.), Mikayla Woodrow

Other contributors: Fiona Woodrow (fr.)

Outlook: Sigafoose paced third at the state finals last season, and Seeley qualified. The Yellowjackets are the defending Division 4 state champions and have moved up to Division 3 this season. Ithaca is in a conference with Alma, the defending Division 3 state champions, and St. Louis, a Division 4 semifinalist last season, and Macha believes it will be a tough battle for league supremacy.

MASON

Coach: Terry Dormer (10th season)

Top returning bowlers: Tala Sawyer (jr.), Promesa Mireles (jr.), Anna Rue (jr.)

Other contributors: Katelyn Hendershot (fr.)

Outlook: Fresh off a regional title, the Bulldogs will look to continue their success with the help of a strong junior class. Mireles and Rue are returning bowlers, as is Sawyer, who qualified for the state tournament last season.

OVID-ELSIE

Last season: 5th (TVC West)

Coach: Matt Fabus (9th season)

Top returning bowlers: Kylie Helms (sr.), Jeanelle Courtney  (jr.), Alex Underhill (jr.)

Other contributors: Sierra Brodberg (sr.), Chloe Taylor (fr.)

Outlook: Helms, a four-year varsity bowler, placed 14th at the state tournament a season ago and was a second-team all-state selection. She’ll be looked at to lead a Marauders team that finished fifth in its conference last year.

OWOSSO

Coach: Penny Stillwagon (19th season)

Top returning bowlers: Laken Williamson (jr.), Delaney Zalecki (so.)

Other contributors: Shelby Gokee (fr.), Cora Stanfield (sr.), Briana Haynes (jr.), Marissa Spalding (so.), Raeanne Forrester (so.)

Outlook: The Trojans have several newcomers this season. Williamson, a junior, and Zalecki, who is entering her second year on varsity, will be looked at to lead Owosso. Stillwagon said this season could be exciting if her squad is willing to put in the work.

PEWAMO-WESTPHALIA

Coaches: Brian Miller and Gregg Gilliland

Top returning bowlers: Jacey Miller (sr.), Harley Tratnik (sr.), Jenna Kramer (jr.), Elizabeth Parker (jr.), Samantha Barrett (so.)

Other contributors: Emily Hengesbach (fr.), Millie Hengesbach (fr.)

Outlook: The Pirates return a handful of experienced bowlers and are hoping to grow from last season.

WAVERLY

Last season: 5-5 (3rd in CAAC Blue)

Coach: Scott Duff (2nd season)

Top returning bowlers: Carissa Bracamontes (sr.), Taylor Duff (so.), Maggie Hicks (sr.)

Other contributors: Hayley Fischer (so.), Becca Hicks (so.)

Outlook: Bracamontes, a senior, and Taylor Duff, a sophomore, were all-league selections a season ago. Coach Scott Duff said the Warriors are “packed with experience and talent” this year and will bring back five starters in hopes of capturing the league title. Waverly finished fifth at the regional tournament in the 2015-16 season. Hicks, a senior, is a four-year varsity bowler.

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

The Eastern bowling team is the reigning Division 2 state champions.

The Eastern bowling team is the reigning Division 2 state champions.