Despite losing two starters from last season, Green boys bowling coach Randy Hanson is optimistic about the current season. His young team has started the year with plenty of energy and the results have been positive, as the team enters the latter stages of the season with an 11-0 record and 9-0 mark in the Greater Summit Conference.
"We started off really well right off the bat," Hanson said. "We placed third in our first tournament of the year."
Hanson is very happy with the attitude and approach of his bowlers.
"The boys are a lot of fun, they are enjoyable young men. I couldn't ask for a nice group. I really think this has something to do with the sport itself," Hanson said.
With such a good start, Hanson is looking forward to the remainder of the season. His primary focus is consistency as the Bullodgs move into the second half of the season and look to contend for a league title.
"We should be competitive in the conference. I think we have a chance for the league title if they continue to pick up their spare," Hanson said. "I tell the boys the strikes will come, but we have to pick up those spares to stay competitive."
The team is made up of seniors Ryan Few and Matt Stang, junior David Mramor, sophomores Tom Lowry and Jake Ewin and freshman Jared Tharp. This composition gives the team both experience and new talent to build on.
"It has been a great season so far," Few said. "We are coming on great as a team, meshing together and feeding off one another. We complement each other. For me, it has been good so far. I have raised my average 10 pins from last year."
Few's individual goal between now and the end of the season is to raise his average to at least 210 pins per game. His goal for the team is to reach the state final, an aim he knows will mean adhering to his coach's mandate to pick up spares.
For Mramor, the first few weeks of the season have been tough. He has battled through some games, but is optimistic about his chances to gain all-league honors for the second-straight season. Lowry, in his second year of varsity competition, pointed to the team's strong performance in its first outing as a launching point for the success that followed.
Like Few, his sights are set on the state tournament. If Lowry can meet his goal of keeping his scoring average above 200, the Bulldogs should have the scoring depth necessary for their desired trip to Columbus.
The squad's youth has proven to be an asset thus far, and the more-experienced members of the team are excited about its new additions.
Page 2 of 2 - "Our new freshman, Jared Tharp, also is showing a lot of skills for his first year on the team," Lowry said.
Armed with the positive momentum from their fast start, the Bulldogs are entered into the new year with both lofty aims and the belief that they are equipped to reach those marks.