ALEXANDRIA – The Campbell County High School bowling program is accustomed to postseason success.
While this year’s version of the Camels on the boys side is having a typically strong regular-season performance, they are still trying to shape themselves into top form for a run at the regional title. The Camels have not fared as well in weekend tournaments, which mimic the format of the regional team tournament.
The bulk of a regular-season team match involves the bowlers rolling individual games for score. The regional tournament is decided by match play in the Baker format, in which five teammates alternate frames (two apiece) in a single game.
The Camels are undefeated in team matches this season but have yet to win a tournament, but are improving in their mindset, said head coach Wayne Heringer.
“We’ve been bowling well in our matches,” Heringer said. “We’ve been in three tournaments and we haven’t bowled very well in the Baker rounds. We bowled well in the qualifying. Hopefully that improves because that determines whether you go to state or not.”
The Camels lost several key seniors from last year’s team but have plenty of returning talent, led by Tyler Widmeyer, who is among the Northern Kentucky leaders with a 208 average going into play Jan. 8. The Camels have six other players averaging in the 180s.
“We have a pretty evenly matched team as well as individuals,” Heringer said.
In match play, every game is a separate contest with little room for error.
“Early in the year, most of the guys we had didn’t have a lot of experience in pressure situations,” the coach said. “There’s still room to improve, but they’re getting there. One of the biggest things in Baker games is making your spares. It’s the ones who make the spares who will advance.”
The girls team is led by Erica Hickman, who averages 168. The Camels are green and inexperienced behind her, and are 2-5 in conference play, including a loss to Scott Jan. 8.
“We’re fairly inexperienced, though last night I saw some improvement,” he said. “I think Scott has the best overall team in the region. We lost 4-3 and I felt pretty good about that.”
The Camels have time to peak for the Region 5 championships, which will be Jan. 26 (singles) and Jan. 28 (team) at Super Bowl Bellewood.
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