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Teams: East Lansing, Everett, Grand Ledge, Holt, Jackson, Sexton

League’s top bowlers: Morgan Volker (S), Katelyn Lander (H), Khadijah Radcliff (E)

Last season: no team

Coach: John Walter (1st season at E.L., 2nd overall)

Review/outlook: The Trojans will compete in the Division 2 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Capitol Bowl of Owosso.

Last season: 6th in CAAC South (3-9)

Coach: Joseph Marutiak (1st season)

Top returning bowlers: Khadijah Radcliff (sr.), Anissa Dawsey (jr.)

Review/outlook: New coach Marutiak inherits a squad that returns only two veterans in all-league senior Radcliff and junior Dawsey The Vikings will compete in the Division 1 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Royal Scot west of Lansing.

Last season: 5th place in CAAC North (6-6)

Review/outlook: The Comets will compete in the Division 1 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Royal Scot west of Lansing. No other information was provided.

Last season: 8th in CAAC South (0-13)

Coach: Cliff McClumpha (2nd season)

Top returning bowlers: Katelyn Lander (jr.), Darion Greenlee (sr.)

Other contributors: Shelby Cook (so.), Morgan Winslow (fr.)

Review/outlook: Holt went winless in 2011-12 but returns three bowlers, including all-league junior Lander who sported a 190 average and Greenlee who carried a 150. Second-year coach Cliff McClumpha feels he has four strong bowlers and needs a fifth to emerge if the Rams are going to improve upon last season. Holt will compete in the Division 1 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Royal Scot west of Lansing.

Last season: 8th place in CAAC North (0-11)

Coach: Lori Barber (4th season)

Top returning bowlers: Morgan Volker (jr.), Raquel Harris (sr.), Claire Hendon (jr.), Ashley Parker (jr.), Alexandria Rocha (jr.), Kareemah Wilson (so.), Emily Mason (jr.)

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Review/outlook: Sexton finished last in the CAAC North last season but has a number of returning bowlers. Morgan Volker qualified for state last season as a sophomore and was accorded honorable mention all-league honors. Harris is a 4-year senior while Hendon, Parker and Rocha are all 3-year returnees. Coach Barber feels that several of her girls have a shot at placing at regionals and advancing to states. The Big Reds will compete in the Division 3 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Airway Lanes of Portage.

Teams: Charlotte, Jackson Lumen Christi, Jackson Northwest, Mason, Parma Jackson County Western, Waverly

League’s top bowlers: Ciarra Landry (C), Lindsay Richards (M), Mandy Kingsbury (JNW), Arianna Ockert (JNW)

Last season: 1st place in CAAC South (13-0)

Coach: Clark Woody Smith

Top returning bowlers: Ciarra Landry (jr.), Sidney Adams (so.), Angela Spalsbury (so.)

Other contributors: Stephanie Zimmerman (so.), Maliorie Kid (fr.), Allie Young (fr.), Kayla Koester (fr.), Taylor Wendorf (fr.)

Review/outlook: The Orioles advanced all the way to the Division 2 semifinals last season before falling to eventual state champ Flint Kearsley. The team was led by now graduated all-league seniors Raychel Wolever, Taylor Thocker and Allie Neal as well as Ciarra Landry who returns as a junior. All four carried averages over 200 with Wolever, who now bowls for Valaparaiso University, the CAAC South’s top bowler at 211. Landry was second at 209 while Neal had the year’s high game with a 299. Though a young group with no returning seniors, Coach Smith feels this year’s squad will once again be very strong. Charlotte will compete in the Division 2 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Capitol Bowl of Owosso.

Last season: 5th place in CAAC South (6-7)

Coach: Ned Palmer (1st season)

Top returning bowlers: Rebecca Colestock (sr.), Shelby Hannah (sr.)

Other contributors: Breanna Moers (jr.), Morgan Fuller (so.), Jordan Stone (fr.)

Review/outlook: The Greyhounds graduated three starters from last season’s fifth-place team including all-CAAC South honorable mention Tara Cataline and will enter this season with a new coach. The squad has two four-year seniors in Colestock (157) and Hannah (151) but the balance of the team is relatively inexperienced. Eaton Rapids will compete in the Division 2 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Capitol Bowl of Owosso.

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

Coach: Dora Nettleman and Terry Dormer (6th season)

Top returning bowlers: Lindsay Richards (sr.), Christina Igl (sr.), Samantha Igl (so.)

Top newcomer: Carlie Sawyer (jr.)

Review/outlook: The Bulldogs graduated three of their top five bowlers from last season’s state qualifying squad including all-league honorable mention Amanda Denomme. However, there is still plenty of talent returning including all-league senior Richards (183) and senior Christina Igl (164). In all, nine varsity bowlers return which leads coaches Nettleman and Dormer to believe the team will again qualify for state as well as being very competitive in the CAAC Gold. Mason will compete in the Division 2 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Capitol Bowl of Owosso.

Last season: 6th place in CAAC South (3-9)

Coach: Dave Wheeler (1st season)

Top returning bowlers: Juliana Wheeler (so.), Katie Hagan (so.)

Review/outlook: With the loss of all-league Allison Goodman as well as Brijett Lee and BreeAnna Pung to graduation, the Warriors return only two starters. Goodman carried the league’s fourth-best average at 205.8 which included a 277 game and advanced to the Division 2 quarterfinals last season. Lee had the team’s second highest average at 155. Returning are academic all- conference sophomore Wheeler and sophomore Hagan. First-year coach Wheeler sees this as a rebuilding year for the Warriors. Waverly will compete in the Division 2 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Capitol Bowl of Owosso.

Coaches’ predictions: 1. Ionia, 2. Owosso, 3. Corunna, 4. Portland, 5. Haslett, 6. Stockbridge

League’s top bowlers: Jessa Delo (I), Kendra Beutler (I), Kristen Nash (I), Samantha Eldridge (O), Olivia Shepard (O), Becca Snyder (P), Lily Whitford (P)

Last season: 1st place in CAAC North (10-1)

Review/outlook: The Cavaliers will compete in the Division 3 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Cherry Hill Lanes of Dearborn Heights. No other information was provided.

Last season: 7th place in CAAC North (1-9)

Coach: Dean Matsudo (6th season)

Top returning bowlers: Emily Kaczmarczyk (jr.), Klaudia Holland (jr.), Kathleen Donahue (jr.), Niki Khetarpal (jr.)

Other contributors: Brooke Flemington (jr.)

Review/outlook: Haslett returns four 3-year juniors from last season including Donahue and Kaczmarczyk who finished with the second and third best averages behind graduated senior Erin Gorman who led the team at 149. The squad has dedicated the season to the memory of their departed teammate Emily Rapson, who passed away in July from a sudden cardiac arrhythmia. The Vikings will compete in the Division 2 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Capitol Bowl of Owosso.

Last season: 4th place in CAAC North (7-4)

Coach: Kendall Krick (2nd season)

Top returning bowlers: Kendra Beutler (jr.), Kristen Nash (sr.), Jessa Delo (sr.), Stacy Andrakowicz (so.), Allie Rittersdorf (sr.)

Other contributors: Courtney Burgess (sr.), Lidia Geldhof (sr.), Erin Nash (so.)

Review/outlook: Ionia returns a very strong starting three in seniors Delo and Nash and junior co-captain Beutler. Beutler and Delo both qualified for state last season while Nash had the CAAC North’s top individual game at 279. All three had averages above 174. Add to that group sophomore Andrakowicz who sported a 169 average and the Bulldogs could be the team to beat in the CAAC Red/White. Senior co-captain Rittersdorf (152) rounds out the starting five. Ionia will compete in the Division 2 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Lowell Lanes of Lowell.

Last season: 2nd place in CAAC North (8-2)

Coach: Penny Stillwagon (16th season)

Top returning bowlers: Samantha Eldridge (sr.), Olivia Shepard (sr.), Tarah Patsey (so.), Casey Ade (so.)

Other contributors: Haley Schneider (so.), Valerie Clark (so.), Hailey Hagerty (fr.)

Review/outlook: The Trojans lost all-league honorable mention senior Becca Jones to graduation but return two of the league’s top bowlers in seniors Eldridge and Shepard. Eldridge had the CAAC North’s second-highest average at 187.5 and qualified for states. Shepard, who also went to states, finished with the league’s sixth-best average at 175.3. Beyond these two are sophomores Patsey and Ade who were both notable honorable mention bowlers as freshmen. If a solid fifth bowler emerges, Owosso will be among the league’s favorites. The Trojans will compete in the Division 2 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Capitol Bowl of Owosso.

Last season: 6th place in CAAC North (4-8)

Coach: Joseph Vergeson (1st season)

Top returning bowlers: Becca Snyder (sr.), Summer Whitford (sr.), Allison Peabody (jr.), Kylie Neuhaus (jr.), Abby Hartwick (jr.), Lily Whitford (so.), Elli Fedewa (so.)

Review/outlook: First-year coach Vergeson inherits a team that finished sixth last season in the CAAC North but also returns two of the new Red/White league’s top bowlers. Lily Whitford was all-league last year as a freshman and carried a 173 average that ranked 8th overall. She also boasted the high series of the season with a 467 and had the second-highest individual game at 258. Senior Snyder was all-league honorable mention and carried a 157 average. How well the Raiders do this season may depend upon how much help the other three starters provide. Portland will compete in the Division 3 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Airway Lanes of Portage.

Review/outlook: The Panthers will compete in the Division 3 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Flat Rock Lanes of Flat Rock. No other information was provided.

TVC

League’s top bowlers: Haley Hoffman (Ithaca), Sara Cowdrey (Ithaca), Hannah Chase (Alma), Rylee Donley (Alma), Makaylin Palatka (Ovid-Elsie), Tori Huss (Ovid-Elsie)

Last season: 1st place

Coach: Ken Shunk

Top returning bowlers: Hanna Chase (jr.), Rylee Donley (jr.), Sammi Lavandowski (sr.), Jessica Gibson (sr.)

Top newcomer: Suzy Schultz (fr.)

Review/outlook: The Panthers had a very successful season in 2011-12, placing second at regionals and advancing to the Division 3 quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Flat Rock. This season looks promising as well with returning juniors Chase and Donley as well as seniors Lavandowski and Gibson. Chase advanced to the round of 16 at states before falling and will anchor the team with an average over 200. Coach Shunk sees Donley as one of the league’s top bowlers and projects averages of 170-180 for Lavandowski and Gibson. The TVC is a “top-heavy” conference with both Ithaca and Ovid-Elsie providing stiff competition for the Panthers. Alma will compete in the Division 3 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Cherry Hill Lanes North of Clarkston.

Last season: 2nd place (8-2)

Coach: Daniel Macha (5th season)

Top returning bowlers: Sara Cowdrey (sr.), Haley Hofmann (sr.), Kristy Godley (so.), Chelsea MacLennan (so.)

Other contributors: Channing Gulick (fr.), Arianna Woodrow (fr.)

Review/outlook: The Yellowjackets were regional champions last season and advanced all the way to the Division 4 semifinals before finally losing to Vandercook Lake. The top two bowlers from that squad, Farrand Schneider and Michelle Lindsey have graduated but there is no shortage of talent at Ithaca. All-league seniors Hoffman and Cowdrey return and join sophomores Godley and MacLennan and promising freshmen Gulick and Woodrow. The Yellowjackets should challenge for the TVC title. Ithaca will compete in the Division 4 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Riverwood Lanes of Mount Pleasant.

Last season: 2nd place

Coach: Matt Fabus (5th season)

Top returning bowlers: Tori Huss (sr.), Makaylin Palatka (sr.), Hannah Orweller (jr.)

Other contributors: Courtney Martin (jr.), Jessica Woodworth (jr.), Desirae Dodge (so.)

Review/outlook: The Marauders went on quite a run in the state tournament last season, advancing all the way to the Division 3 semifinals before falling to eventual state champion Flat Rock. Top bowler Leah Hartman graduated but all-league seniors Palatka and Huss return as well as second-team all conference junior Orweller to form a very strong top three. The Marauders should finish among the top three in the tough TVC with a chance to qualify again for states. Ovid-Elsie will compete in the Division 3 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Cherry Hill Lanes North of Clarkston.

TRI-COUNTY LEAGUE

PEWAMO-WESTPHALIA

Last season: 1st place (10-0)

Review/outlook: The Pirates will compete in the Division 4 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Riverwood Lanes of Mount Pleasant. No other information was provided.

Last season: 2nd place (6-4)

Coach: Jonda Schrauben

Top returning bowlers: Morgan Schrauben (sr.), Morgan Bengel (sr.), Hannah Hodge (sr.), Madison Schrauben (so.), Jill Spitzley (so.), Emily Bengel (jr.), Shannon Wilcox (so.)

Review/outlook: The Shamrocks return seven bowlers from last year’s Division 4 quarterfinalist, including their entire starting five. Seniors Morgan Schrauben and Hannah Hodge both qualified for states in singles as did sophomore Madison Schrauben. They are joined by senior Morgan Bengel and sophomore Jill Spitzley as the squad looks to match last season’s success. The Shamrocks will compete in the Division 4 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Riverwood Lanes of Mount Pleasant.

Last season: 3rd place (2-8)

Coach: Richard Trent (1st season)

Top returning bowlers: Carli Galey (sr.), Kelly Dykstra (jr.), Kelsea Altman (jr.)

Review/outlook: The Pilgrims finished in a tie for third place in their innaugral season. The team returns senior Galey along with juniors Dykstra and Altman as first-year coach Trent continues the process of building a program. Lansing Christian will compete in the Division 4 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Riverwood Lanes of Mount Pleasant.

Last season: 2nd place (7-4, 6-2)

Coach: Larry Hook (5th season)

Top returning bowlers: Virginia Gilton (jr.), Kayla Gorman (jr.), Nickole Wixson (sr.)

Review/outlook: The Blackhawks lost top bowler Jamie Klinger to graduation but return second-team all-SMAA juniors Gilton (154) and Gorman (155) as well as honorable mention senior Wixson (139). Leslie now competes in the 8-team Cascades Conference along with Addison, East Jackson, Grass Lake, Hanover-Horton, Michigan Center, Napoleon and Vandercook Lake. The Blackhawks will compete in the Division 3 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Flat Rock Lanes of Flat Rock.

Last season: 3rd in CAAC North (8-3)

Coach: Billie Hurley (3rd season)

Top returning bowlers: Emma Britten (sr.), Brianna Cords (so.), Taylor White (jr.), Clare Hurley (so.)

Review/outlook: Perry had three bowlers qualify for states last season and two of them are returning. Codia Ording who carried a 162 average and advanced to the Division 3 round of 16 has graduated. However, all-CAAC North senior Britten who finished 10th in the state returns with her team-high 185 average and joins all-league sophomore Cords who averaged 172 and finished 32nd at states. Sophomore Clare Hurley (152) rounds out Perry’s top three bowlers. The Ramblers will be an independent this season and will compete in the Division 3 regional on Feb. 22-23 at Airway Lanes of Portage.

— compiled by Jack Dowd

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