The Wildcats boys' bowling team, under second year head coach Chris Scarpino will look to build off of a 7-11 record from a year ago and 5-10 record in the Stark County High School Bowling Conference.
The Cats have three starters who are returning from last season, seniors Colin Rohleder (177 average last season) and Dominic Kail (169 average a year ago) and sophomore Andrew Scarpino (202 average last season and second team all-league selection).
"We have three years of experience from our seniors," said C. Scarpino on his team, "Kail, Daniel Stout, Rohleder and Scarpino all bowled in a league this past summer and worked to improve their games," he added.
Those looking to provide a quick impact on the varsity team are seniors Jordan Williams, Stout, Caleb Howard and Alex Clendenin.
"We were not able to field a JV team this year so we will not be able to get enough match time for some boys," said C. Scarpino on his weaknesses for this season, "But we hope to improve on what we started last season."
C. Scarpino projects his starting five to consist of Kail, Stout, Williams, Rohleder and Scarpino.
The Wildcat bowlers will compete once again in the Stark County High School Bowling Conference which houses 17 teams from the area. When asked about the conference, C. Scarpino noted that, "The conference is a big league and in our division, we have Wooster, Alliance, Carrollton, Timken and Massillon, so for us to be competitive, we need to bowl our best in every match."
home to face Carrollton on Dec. 13. The match is set to begin at 4 p.m.
C. Scarpino will be assisted this season by Brian Gates and Ryan Milhoan.
The Wildcat boys bowling squad endured two tough losses on back-to-back nights to begin the season. On Nov. 27, the boys dropped a close match to Timken, followed by a loss to Wooster on Nov. 28.
In the season opener, Timken was just too strong in the Baker System matches and outlasted the Wildcats by the final score of 2,530 to 2,321.
In the two game matches the Wildcats were led by Jordan Williams who posted scores of 216 and 179. Rounding out the scoring for the Cats were Dominic Kail (179 and 171), Andrew Scarpino (172 and 183), Daniel Stout (198 and 116), Colin Rohleder (149) and Caleb Howard (143).
South took the first Baker System match by the tally of 197-159 but the Trojans of Timken took the next three by the finals of 149-147, 189-133 and 223-138.
On the following evening, the team took on Wooster, but the result was the same, dropping the contest by the final tally of 2,670 to 2,501.
Leading the way for the red and grey was Rohleder with a 232 in game one and 192 in game two. Rounding out the leader board for the Cats were Kail (142 and 193), Scarpino (191 and 186), Stout (146), Williams (171 and 151) and Howard (154)
The Baker System matches went in favor of Wooster in all but one. Wooster took match one by the final of 199-182. South responded with a win in match two by the tally of 207-161 before Wooster closed the deal in matches three and four by the finals of 258-175 and 194-179.
The boys were back at it on Dec. 3 when they traveled to Alliance to take on the Aviators. They will then travel to take on the Massillon Tigers on Monday, Dec. 10. The match is set to start at 4 p.m.