West Holmes bowling teams looking to build off first seasons

West Holmes bowling teams looking to build off first seasons
Justin Smith

Zaylie Shultz is one of four returning letterwinners for the West Holmes girls bowling team.


The West Holmes boys and girls bowling teams were learning on the fly last season during their inaugural seasons.

With experience now under their belts, both teams’ bowlers have a better idea about what to expect heading into their second seasons.

“Last season being our first season, we all grew as a team,” second-year coach Chris Young said. “The kids all adapted well to the challenges of learning the ropes of high school bowling. We will walk into matches with higher confidence and knowledge this season.”

The boys team returns four letterwinners: seniors Kayden Worley, Jesse Hickman and Tristin Middaugh and junior Caden Medley. The girls team also brings back four letterwinners: seniors Zaylie Shultz and Hailee North, junior Chloe Miller, and sophomore Aubree Young.

“We only lost a few varsity members, so these kids all work well together and cheer not only their teammates on, but other teams as well,” coach Young said.

The Knights bowlers can be hard on themselves at times, which doesn’t always serve them well.

“We have a group of very competitive athletes, and sometimes they are too hard on themselves,” coach Young said. “Bowling is a sport that will beat you mentally more than physically. They have to remember to get past that in the early stages (of the season).”

The boys team finished last season with a 7-15 overall record and a 2-10 mark in the Ohio Cardinal Conference while the girls team ended the year with an 11-11 overall mark and a 5-7 record in the OCC. The boys finished seventh at the OCC championship tournament and the girls fourth.

“We always will try to do a little better than last season until we’re sitting on top (of the OCC),” coach Young said.

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