The new head coach at the barony is Craig Mazzaro, who formerly was the very successful head coach of the Amelia boys basketball program.
‘”This is mostly an inexperienced group. Zac Vestring is the only experienced bowler and he’s averaging around a 200 for us. Clements is coming along nicely, too,” Mazzaro concluded.
The Blue and White began the campaign with a 2274-2121 loss to McNicholas’ Rockets in non-league play. Vestring led all bowlers with his two-game total of 416 pins.
In the Cardinal Division of the Fort Ancient Valley, Amelia konked Kings' Knights 2000-1650. Vestring knocked down 393 pins and Clements 356.
"We have a couple of returnees," said Mazzaro. "Sara Flory and Elaina Simons are our most experienced bowlers. They're the team leaders. . . (Lauren) Dietrich has been stepping up.
"We've beaten some decent teams. . .
"Both the boys and girls teams have a good future. Everyone is working hard."
Amelia mowed over McNicholas 1921-1833 in non-league competition. Flory turned in the best score for both teams with her 324.
Anderson was the next victim by an 1824-1652 count. Simons topped the Barons with her 306 in this non-division game of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference.
Kings was beaten by the Barons 1394-1378. In this Fort Ancient Valley Cardinal Division battle, Amelia's Dietrich led all scorers with her 270.
Glen Este Boys
"They're amazing. This is the strongest set we've ever had. The top five are just perfect and the sixth spot is really pushing the others," said Kathy DeMarko, head coach of the Trojans.
Demarko said the Pesnichak brothers, Nic, a senior, and Jaekob, a junior, Nick Franz, junior co-captain, and Paul Hudson, a junior, have been recording the best scores for the Trojans.
In the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division race she said Harrison and Wilmington are the strongest teams her charges will face.
"We'll have our hands full," she said.
The Trojans corralled Wyoming's Cowboys 2778-2483 with top scores being earned by Hudson's 440 and Hayes' 426 in this non-league duel.
Turpin was also trampled 2598-2262 with the GE scoring leaders being Jaekob Pesnichak 389 and Nathan Franz 386 in this Fort Ancient Valley Conference non-division game.
Hudson's 398 led the Purple and White at Hamilton's Big Blue Classic. Glen Este was eighth among eight teams with 2843 pins; St. Xavier's Bombers won with 3142.
Glen Este Girls
"We have some experience, but not a lot," said head coach Kathy DeMarko, now in her 10th season as the head honcho at GE. "They're doing good. We're building the program along."
The Purple and White is composed of one senior, three juniors, and two freshmen.
"Lauren Gerber, Sarah Rowe, and Lori Davis are vying for the top spot and our freshmen are doing well. The competition among the team is very good for us.
"We have Harrison in the league and by average they're stronger than we are, but I expect us to do very well."
The Trojans dehorsed the Wyoming Cowgirls 1805-1349. Gerber's 321 and Davis' 319 were the best one-two punch for both teams for the day.
In Hamilton's Big Blue Classic, GE was fourth among seven teams with a total of 2493 pins; Fairfield's Indians won with 2563. Davis had the Trojans' best score with a 362.
The Trojans won a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division match over Loveland's Tigers 2101-1851. Gerber earned the best total of the day, a 388.
"We have a great bunch of kids. We'll be a better team this year. They're more experienced and closer and more together," said coach Shirley Reynolds.
"I expect a better record this year because they're much better bowlers and they're more committed to the game."
Garth Whitaker, David Carpintero, and Tyler Pyles, seniors, and Cody Rogers and Chad Waits, juniors, are the Warriors' veteran leaders.
The Warriors were defeated by Loveland 2484-2271.
Carpintero recorded the best score for the Red and Gray and second-best overall with his 359 two-game total.
"We have mostly the same girls as last year, but we'll be much better than last year," said coach Shirley Reynolds. "We only won one last year.
"I'm pleased that we've got a lot of really good support. I'd like to see more parents come and give more support for the kids, though."
A trio of experienced keglers return who are seniors, Jennifer Bradley and Hayley Gentry, and junior Sarah Barrial.
In a battle between next-door neighbors, Loveland's Tigers defeated Goshen 1898-1502.
Kyleigh Moss' 226 was the best score achieved by the Warriors.
"We're got four returning starters and two freshmen pushing those guys for starting time on the varsity," said Eagles' coach Frank Ritzman.
"Our league has some good bowling programs year in and year out like Harrison, Glen Este, Amelia, and Wilmington. A good finish for us would be to finish third."
The Eagles' returning starters are Jason Ashcraft, Jared Bussell, Adam Edwards, and Brad Long.
The Red and White won their first endeavor of the campaign over Little Miami's Panthers and Goshen with the respective scores of 2345, 2138, and 2028.
Bussell paced Milford with his 365, Long rolled 358, Edwards 349, and Ashcraft 338. Pyles paced Goshen with a 325.
Wilmington's Hurricanes won out over Milford 2561-2290 in a non-division contest of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference.
The best scores turned in by the Clermont countians were Joseph Langschwager with a 324, Bussell 320, and Long 318.
Milford won another three-team showdown over Goshen and Little Miami with the respective scores of 2467, 2093, and 2047.
Edwards rolled a 378 and Bussell 363 to lead the victors and Cody Rodger's 332 was Goshen's best score.
Harrison's Wildcats won out 2317-2232 in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division.
Bussell achieved a 336 to set the pace for the Clermont countians.
Ritzman expects good results from his experienced distaff team.
"Four of our five starters are back - Samantha Higgins, Alyssa McGeorge, Julia Clarson, and Layne Burrows. . .
"We should be a top three team in the conference this year. Our bowling continues to improve, but like the boys, we still have to compete against good teams like Harrison, Glen Este, and Amelia."
Milford won a three-team trial over Goshen and Little Miami with the respective totals of 1742, 1634, and 1418.
Burrows recorded a 270 for Milford and Barrial registered a 287 for Goshen.
In a non-division duel of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference, Wilmington mastered Milford 2040-1795.
McGeorge knocked down 308 pins and Higgins 301.
The Red and White again beat Goshen and Little Miami with the respective tallies of 1848, 1620, and 1536.
Higgins knocked down 306 pins for Milford and Barrial 262 for Goshen.
In a game of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division, Harrison's Wildcats took the measure of Milford 1872-1791.
Higgins bowled over 288 pins, McGeorge 281, and Jessica Kovacs 271.