The 2012-2013 Lady Hornet bowling team will look to build on a season a year ago that saw them end with an overall record of 11-11 and 5-8 in the Portage Trail Conference, earning them a third place finish. Head Coach Craig Linerode enters his fourth season under the helm and will look to his two returning letter winners for success in 2012-2013, junior Sadie Knepper and sophomore Marisa Whaley.
Knepper is coming off a great season where she averaged 125 during the matches. She was named Honorable Mention All-PTC, Most Improved Hornet Award, as well as, the Varsity Rising Star Award. Whaley, on the other hand, split time between the JV and varsity squads. In her JV competition, she averaged a 111 and during varsity, she averaged a 105. She earned the JV Rising Star Award a year ago.
"Knepper represents our sole strength to begin this season. As a sophomore, she started nearly every match and gained a lot of confidence, as well as, experience. She will be called upon this year to be the anchor in baker games, as well as, be the leader of this team. I am confident that she is ready to take on these new responsibilities," said Linerode on his junior.
Those looking to make a quick impact on the varsity squad are senior Emily Stinchcomb and freshman Renee Greathouse, Kyla Passwaters and Emily Wyer.
"The team will improve with some more intensive practices working on basic skills. With time and hard work, the dividends will pay off down the road in a few years as the younger players gain their experience," said Linerode on his squad.
When asked about the future of his program Linerode stated that, "The five starters for this season have been determined, but the majority of those have no match experience. As a result of our inexperience, the first part of the season will be very difficult as the girls learn to adapt to the oil conditions of lanes, as well as, how the lanes change with each frame of the match. However, the JV team will be completely made up with freshman so the upside is that the Hornets are developing a deep team for the near future."
The Hornets opened up their campaign on Nov. 20 when they took on Jackson High School at Colonial Lanes. The girls dropped the contest to the Polar Bears by the final count of 2512-1635.
Leading the way for the yellow and blue was Greathouse with a 139 in game one and 156 in game two for a solid series of 295. Rounding out the scoring for the Hornets was Stinchcomb (119-114 for 233), Passwaters (88-124 for 212), Whaley (89-122 for 211) and Knepper (114-85 for 196).
The Polar Bears also dominated the Baker Games by the scores of 165-116, 157-108, 177-137 and 171-124.
In Junior Varsity action, The Jackson squad also downed the Hornets leaving both the varsity and JV squads with an overall record of 0-1.
The East Canton girls bowling team suffered a defeat on Tuesday, losing to a very talented Kent Roosevelt team, but defeated Akron North on Wednesday.
The team was led by the team captains. Coach Linerode said Sadie Knepper had a tremendous second game score of 189 for the high game of the night. Emily Stinchcomb demonstrated consistency in bowling the high series for the team with a 291.
The Hornets were able to get into the win column on Wednesday night against Akron North. Freshman Renee Greathouse bounced back from a slow first game of 85 to bowl a second game 164 to lead the team. Freshman Kyla Passwaters bowled two good games to lead the team with a high series of 263.