The Wauseon boys bowling team returns three all-leaguers from last year’s squad that posted a winning record of 9-5. They should be able to improve on that mark in 2018-19.
“I believe with the experience we have we should be competitive in every match we are in,” said third-year coach Kody Moden. “The boys all understand what it will take to be competitive and work hard at it. We should contend for an NWOAL championship if we put our mind to it and work hard throughout the year.”
Returning for the Indians are Brady Blaylock (second team All-NWOAL), Chance Buehrer (second team All-NWOAL), Kenyon Lovins (honorable mention All-NWOAL), Logan Blackman and Alex Stevens. Blaylock held a 183 average a season ago, Buehrer averaged a 180, and Lovins 167.
Newcomers to the boys team are Ben Allan, Isaac Rufenacht, Nolan Flint, Aidan Teal and Logan Waldron.
“I have most everyone back and several back with varsity experience and my JV players from last year are much improved and know what it takes to get into the match and be able to perform,” said Moden on the strengths of his team.
However, they do lose a quality letter winner from last year, Jadon Meeker (second team All-NWOAL), who held the second best average on the team at 181.
“Still some inexperience in match play outside the starters from last year, but I think they will improve quickly and be a great asset to the team,” said Moden of potential weaknesses.
Every team in the league will be gunning for Bryan this season, says Moden. “I believe the league will be highly competitive this year from top to bottom,” said the coach. “Bryan will still be the favorite until someone can prove differently, but I think Swanton, Patrick Henry and ourselves will highly contest them and the other teams will have to not be taken for granted or anyone can win on any given day.”
The Indians tied for third in the league in 2017-18.
Wauseon opens the season Friday at home when they welcome Defiance to River City Bowl-A-Way. The match will begin at 4 p.m.