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The Exeter High boys’ and girls’ bowling teams will be coming from different directions this year. While the girls will be looking to improve enough to get back to the top of the county, the boys will be defending a state championship.
The Exeter girls’ bowlers struggled last year to stay above the .500 mark. They finished with a record of 26-22, which was good enough for third place. By Exeter bowling standards, it was not a good season.
This year’s team will be a very young one. They have just two returning starters from last year’s team, Erin Murphy and Courtney Mayers - both are sophomores. Junior varsity bowlers Gabby Sabo and Jasmine DeAza will be working to make the starting varsity line-up.
Katelyn Murphy will be the only senior on the team, but this is her first year. The rest of the squad includes all freshmen: Danielle Chernesky, Nicolette Johnson, Elizabeth Roney and Abbey Riegel.
“This team is a work in progress,” said Exeter Head Coach Lou Ellis. “We hope to improve and be competitive in a strong division. If the team steps it up, we could have a winning season.”
The Exeter boys are coming off a season in which they won the division with a dominating record of 41-7. But they were disappointed when they lost to Conrad Weiser in the county championship match. They then came back to finish second in the Eastern Regional Tournament and first in the state tournament.
From that team, three starters will be coming back - seniors Scott Schellhammer and Bobby Wike, and junior Mike Kazmierczak.
Others with JV experience are: Seniors Adam Werley, Andrew Harak and Austin Harak; Evan Johnson (a junior) and Brady Diezel (a sophomore).
“We do expect to revamp our line-up to become a better team by the end of the season,” said Coach Ellis. “Our goal is to make the playoffs and see where it will take us. It’s important to focus on this year’s team and become a stronger group of bowlers as the season progresses. We’re hoping the younger bowlers step it up.”