Jon Massey set the tone.
Now, the Granville bowling program is trying to follow it.
Massey finished seventh in the state last year as a sophomore, just 28 pins out of first. He made second-team All-Ohio.
“He worked all summer on a lot of his mechanics,” coach Sue Bishop said. “He’s become a team leader, and the kids look up to him.”
Between the boys and girls, Granville bowling has a record 52 involved. The Blue Aces will have boys and girls varsity and JV teams, as well as “A” and “B’ JV boys teams. “It’s been a great trend the last three years, from the ninth grade on,” Bishop said. “There’s 14 girls out, which is the most I’ve ever had.”
In addition to Massey, Granville’s top boys bowlers include seniors Isaac Sundin, Jarrett King, Evan Snyder, David Ford and Jesse Boring, along with junior Evan Hudgens and sophomore Matt Thompson.
“There’s a lot of talent, a lot of potential there,” Bishop said. “But there’s a lot of building to be done.”
The Granville girls include seniors Allie Trcka, Jen Kasson, Katelyn Merkle and Katelyn Lebovitz, junior Carley Eggleton, sophomore twins Claire and Allie Stoll and sophomore Ariel Dickerson.
“Carley, Allie (Trcka) and Jen have competed in tournaments, and I’ve had Jen the last three years,” Bishop said. “There’s some strong potential with this team.”
“We have 20 matches booked this year, which is the most we’ve ever had,” Bishop said. “They’ve gone to two divisions this year, and we’re still Division I somehow. But we’ve held our own with the bigger schools the last five years, and have done well in the sectional and district.”
The Blue Aces opened the season by sweeping Lancaster Fisher Catholic and New Lexington.
Against Fisher at Tiki Lanes in Lancaster, Jarrett King led the boys with 206, Evan Hudgens had 203 and Isaac Sundin 174. Leading the girls were Katelyn Lebovitz with 162, Ariel Dickerson had 130 and Claire Stoll 127. Henry Dantzer had 196, Quincy Chanda 161 and Caleb Smith 139 as Granville also won the reserve match 1,549-1,292.
Against New Lexington at Valley Lanes, Jon Massey shot 246, Sundin 235 and King 161. Carley Eggleton led the girls with 161, while Lebovitz and Dickerson each had 133. The reserves lost 1,492-1,340 despite a 154 by Julien Thomas, a 130 by John Mayer and Chanda’s 118.