Things came together at just the right time for the Brick Memorial girls bowling team last season. It was chemistry of a team of juniors and freshman that would go on to win the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions, finishing the season as the best girls bowling team in the state.
Much to the delight of head coach Dave Thompson, all five starters of that championship team are returning this season looking to defend their title. There will be no flying under the radar this season for the Mustangs, who will undoubtedly get the best from any team they face both in division and on tournament days.
“I think there is a target on our team every season,” Thompson said.
“I know there are expectations this year after our state tournament run last season, and the girls really want to go out and prove themselves.”
Last season it was the chemistry of juniors and freshman that got stronger and stronger as the season went on, this year, three seniors and two sophomores will look to carry over that momentum early into this year.
Senior captain and anchor bowler Kaity Lash will be joined by fellow seniors Tori Campbell and Brandy Collins. Sophomore Tori Boughton, who was last years Shore Conference Tournament Individual champion will also return with fellow sophomore McKenna Collier.
“We are very fortunate to be returning the entire team from last season,” Thompson said.
“The girls themselves are expecting big things this year, the seniors are really looking forward to this season.”
Senior anchor Lash will once again look to come up clutch for the Mustangs, and according to Thompson has improved from last season. Lash has been averaging about 209 pins in practice, and is an important piece to the puzzle if the Mustangs are to have continued success this season.
“She is so much more relaxed and comfortable this season,” Thompson said.
“Kaity is our captain and our vocal leader, she won’t hesitate to speak up if something needs to be said.”
Senior Tori Campbell may not be as much of a vocal leader, but is just as valuable as the lead-off bowler for the Mustangs.
“She always gets the team fired up, especially when she leads off with a strike,” Thompson said.
Thompson also will have some added depth with freshman Jillian Stuart who has impressed the coach early in practice. According to Thompson the team chemistry is right where it needs be, unlike last season where the Mustangs struggled early.