Wilmington had a historic bowling season in 2019-20 as the boys became the first-ever team from Clinton County to make the state tournament.
Gone from that unbeaten SBAAC team are Grant Pickard (222 average), Elijah Martini (212 average with a 300 game), Jordan Macik (177 average). Martini will be assisting head coach Dustin Brown this season.
Hunter Gallion and Jordan Tackett return; both were All-SBAAC last season.
Also returning will be Isaac Martini, who averaged 216 last season in limited action.
Lucas Neff is a newcomer to note. “Definitely a natural talent,” Brown said. Brown added left-hander Jayden Tackett, brother of Jordan Tackett, is another newcomer who will make an impact this season.
“We have only just had tryouts, but I am looking forward to seeing our returning varsity players really take a big leadership role for the team this season,” Brown said. “I am hoping to see a lot of leadership from our returning senior, Jordan Tackett.”
Brown is encouraged for the season, knowing his team’s mental and physical makeup.
“I love the sport of bowling and I can tell these boys are passionate about it as well,” he said. “They are working hard to improve and get better. Returning boys are not coasting on the amazing season last year, but are ready to work to make this season just as great. They are also taking all COVID restrictions very seriously, as they know this is necessary to help keep our season going.”
Brown said numbers are up and he is optimistic about what the team can do in 2020-21.
“We have 19 boys we will be working with throughout the season that want to be a part of our program,” he said. “I look forward to building on the momentum created last season. I am expecting some great things from our boys this season.
“We just have to get our new team chemistry. If the boys can remember that it is all about teamwork, then I see great things in our future this season. Bowling is a tough mental game as well, so keeping up our mental game throughout the season is crucial.”
For the WHS girls, Ariel Comberger returns following her Bowler of the Year season in 2019-20. She averaged 181.
The Hurricane were runnersup to New Richmond in the standings.
Graduates of last year’s team include Gabby Burger and Cassidy Cole.