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Local Bowling Team Capsules

October 10, 2018

Boys

MICHIGAN CITY

Players to watch: Chris Wilson, Sr.; Adam Armstrong, Sr.; Ryne Stormer, Sr.

Outlook: The Wolves will look to return to postseason glory (two years removed from finishing state runner-up) on the strength of three talented returning seniors (Wilson, Armstrong and Stormer). Head coach and City grad Chase Coleman is focused on the intangibles: “They need to work a little on their attitudes and tempers, but when those are taken care of, I think we have a really good shot at conference and making it to state.”

LA PORTE

Players to watch: Thomas Noble, Sr.; James Metcalf, Sr.; Jayden Scrivnor, Jr.

Outlook: After a losing record last season, head coach Keith Gakle is optimistic with a young, energetic roster that reached the round of 8 in the Preseason Bowl O-Rama. “We have five freshmen; we have the potential to have great depth,” he said. “I believe we could be in the mix in January (for the postseason).” Leading those young bowlers will be a pair of seniors in Noble and Metcalf, both four-year members of the program.

NEW PRAIRIE

Players to watch: Lane Thomas, Sr.; Eric Bailey, Sr.; James Goodlink, Jr.

Outlook: The Cougars, who compete in a different conference than other county schools, bowling against South Bend area teams, only lost one senior to graduation, and coach Dara Goodlink believes in their chances to advance this season. “If they do what they’re capable of, it will be a good year,” she said. Seniors Thomas and Bailey lead the way. Goodlink added that the Big Cat Classic in a couple weeks will be a good barometer.

WESTVILLE

Players to watch: Cameron Wickersham, Sr.; Tyler Wickersham, Jr.; Dylan Becker, So.

Outlook: Even though the Blackhawks are small compared to everyone in the Lakeshore Conference, coach Randy Lohman thinks his team can move up the standings after finishing closer to the bottom last year. “We finished in sixth place, I believe; hoping for top three or four this year.” The Wickershams will be key to that quest, as well as a deep roster that’s bigger than some larger schools.

Girls

MICHIGAN CITY

Players to watch: Megan Grams, Sr.; Cheyenne Elam, Sr.; Allie Hahn, Jr.

Outlook: The Wolves were one frame from a state title last season. Instead, they finished runner-up to fellow Lakeshore Conference foe Portage. This year a different coach will be leading the way as boys head coach Chase Coleman and his assistant, Robin Heckman, will share girls duties, too. Grams and Elam will be looking to be leaders, as well as make a postseason run in singles.

LA PORTE

Players to watch: Alyssa Foster, Sr.; Brianna Graffis, Sr.; Brianna Parker, Sr.

Outlook: Even though the Slicers have more depth this year with at least 11 on the roster — four of them first-year bowlers — it’s mostly about the five seniors, led by Foster after her individual postseason run filled with big shots. “Our seniors have shown great improvement,” head coach Dave Foster said. “Along with our new bowlers, I look forward to surpassing last year’s record of 6-4.”

NEW PRAIRIE

Players to watch: Kali Dahms, Sr.; Abby Anderson, Sr.; Miya Webb, Sr.

Outlook: Coach Dara Goodlink is hoping for quality in lieu of quantity since the Cougars have been battling low turnout for the girl’s team. This year three seniors (Dahms, Anderson and Webb) will hope to pass on leadership to multiple inexperienced players. “We will be leaning on some younger girls to figure it out quickly,” Goodlink said.

WESTVILLE

Players to watch: Abby Velcheck, Sr.; Chloe Bacon, Sr.; Kyra Dabert, Jr.

Outlook: It’s about numbers for the Blackhawks, as in they’ve grown in turnout in recent years. Now it’s about developing bowlers and coach Randy Lohman says he’s “optimistic” about some “first-year bowlers showing real progress real quick.” There are also a couple seniors in the mix with Velcheck and Bacon.

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