MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon Jackets have all new faces across the lanes in their first year as a bowling program, led by new head coach Terry Franz and his son, Tony, as the assistant coach.

“It’s the first season ever that Mount Vernon has had a bowling team and the response has been pretty good with the kids getting prepared,” Franz said. “It’s been a really good response with the younger and older students.”

Mount Vernon has 27 bowlers out for the team this year, which breaks down to be enough for a varsity and JV team for both the boys and girls. There are nine seniors this winter, along with seven freshmen, making them the two most represented classes on the lanes.

Franz said that because it is a new team this year, anyone can rise to the top of the depth chart. He did note that Jeff Dovenbarger will be one of the top boys, and he expects Kassie Metcalfe to represent well for the girls. There will also be some youth on both varsity teams this year, with freshman Trevor Bell and sophomore Katrina Wells both earning a spot on their respective varsity squads.

Throughout the winter, the Jackets will have 24 matches, competing against teams from both the Ohio Cardinal Conference and the Licking Valley League. They will have their home matches at Colonial City Lanes in Mount Vernon.

“The first thing is I want the kids to have fun and build up for the years down the road,” Franz said. “Contending-wise, I would hope we are in the top-third of the teams we play.”

Centerburg

Head coach: Matt Climer, third year; Jen Purdy also a coach, third year

Last season highlights: Centerburg had two bowlers on the KMAC first-team and two on the KMAC second-team; second in league play, with Colton Hogg advancing to state; first year as a full team in 2017-18

Top returnees: Cody Climer, first-team KMAC with one of the top-five averages in the league

Brock Hurt, second season

Jordan Climer and Sophie Climer returning for girls

Key newcomers: Jared Hamilton and Gavin Stone for the boys and Aubrey Clippinger, Maddie Dennis and Catherine Elfrink for the girls

Season outlook: “We really have an amazing young team,” coach Matt Climer said. “Most of them have zero bowling experience, but they come to practice each day with a wanting to learn and get better. We will get stronger as the season goes and as the kids get more experienced. We are all working to be a contender in both the boys and girls division.”

Fredericktown

Head coach: Chuck Young, 4th year

Last season highlights: A young and inexperienced girls team made tremendous improvements as the season went on

Top returnees: Almost entire girls’ team, two returning from boys’ team

Key newcomers: Boys’ team has seven newcomers, girls’ team has three

Season outlook: “Overall for this season we have set our goals for both the boys and girls teams and believe it will be an exciting season,” coach Chuck Young said.

East Knox

Head coach: Terie Eaton, 2nd year

Last season highlights: Korey Jones made it to districts as an individual.

Top returnees: Boys: Michael George, Dustyn Robinson, David Workman

Key newcomers: Bryan Hockenberry.

Season outlook/goals: “I feel this will be a stepping stone for a great program as many of my bowlers are eligible to bowl for a few years,” head coach Terie Eaton said. “Last year I had nine bowlers, and six were seniors. This year I only have one senior, so many will be returning.”

Highland

Head coaches: Ron Garlinger and Amber Brubaker, 15th year; Ty Hicks joining staff for first season

Last season highlights: KMAC champions

Top returnees: Boys: Ben Rinehart, Brennan McLaughlin, Ian Taylor and Tucker Tague; Girls: Autumn Burson, Erin Conner, Weikel Courtney, Paige Hicks

Key newcomers: Camberly Schade, Faith Stewart amd Madison Zamer

Season outlook: “Coming off of the KMAC championship for both teams last year, the coaches are excited and looking forward to a great year.”

Cardington

Head coach: Tim Edgell, boys, 11th year; Morgan Edgell, girls, third year

Last season highlights: Blake Clapham took top honors in the conference; Girls fell just short of conference title

Top returnees: Ryan Speck, Tyler Kintz

Laynee Wilson, Sr., 2016-17 MOAC Honorable Mention; 2017-18 KMAC First Team, KMAC Player of the Year 2017-18, State Tournament individual qualifier

Addie Wilhelm, Sr., 2016-17 MOAC First Team, 2017-18 KMAC First Team

Frankie Arnold, Sr., 2017-18 KMAC Honorable Mention

Morgan Lehner, Jr., 2017-18 KMAC Second Team

Key newcomers: Freshmen Peyton Counts and Sydnie Wilson; Laney Sherbourne

Season outlook/goals: “I’m excited to get the season started,” girls’ head coach Morgan Edgell said. “As I said we have a lot of new girls, but also have upper classmen who I’m expecting to take the reins on some stuff and show the way. There are some things that you can’t teach the kids and they just have to experience it themselves, like when we go to tournaments.”

Mount Gilead

Head coach: Denny Noble, 2nd year

Last season highlights: Did well at Sectionals as club sport

Key returnees: Boys: Dylan Dixon, Zac Sellers; Girls: Madison Noble, Lacie Baldwin

Key newcomers: None

Season outlook: “I’m looking forward to an exciting season with our tenured and new teammates,” said head coach Denny Noble.

 

Erick Starkey: 740-397-5333 or erick@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @MVNStarkey

 

 

 

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