When asked about his thoughts on his team’s progress in early practices this season, PHS Girls Bowling coach Joe Whitford said, “Look out, because here we come!”
Last year the team finished second in their conference, and missed first place by just one win.
Whitford is in his fifth-year coaching bowling. On top of his duties at PHS, he is also the assistant bowling coach at Cornerstone University.
The team was young last year and did not have any seniors, but according to Whitford, he has several key players returning. He said, “This year we have seniors Ashley Zinn and Ali Schrauben that have made great improvements on their game over the years. They are ready to handle anything. We have juniors Emma Armour and Jordyn Fyan that will set their sights on being competitive and win every match. Last year’s new comer Aubree Martin was a huge asset as she along with the others are willing to learn the game.”
Whitford’s roster has also grown, and now has 18 girls on it. He said, “Some with experience and some without. I’m happy to have new comers as they are eager to learn and are coachable. I think we will be competitive for several years.”
While the increased numbers are great, it does put a new challenge on the coach. Whitford said, “So much talent and only five can bowl in a match. Sometimes it’s hard to pick your starting five bowlers. With 18 girls and the talent, I believe we will take first place in our CAAC conference this year!
The team scrimmaged the St. Patrick squad on Wednesday, and the Raiders won 17-13.
The team’s regular season opens on with a tournament at the Royal Scot in Lansing on December 10th.
Date Opponent Location Time
12/10/17 Tournament Royal Scot (Away) 9:00 AM
12/11/17 Waverly Meadow Bowl (Home) 3:15 PM
12/15/17 Eaton Rapids Char Lanes (Away) 3:15 PM
12/19/17 Holt City Limits (Away) 3:00 PM
1/3/18 Jackson Airport (Away) 3:15 PM
1/8/18 Grand Ledge Royal Scot (Away) 3:15 PM
1/10/18 Mason City Limits (Away) 3:00 PM
1/12/18 DeWitt Royal Scot (Away) 3:15 PM
1/14/18 Tournament M66 Bowl (Away) 9:00 AM
1/16/18 Ionia Ionia (Away) 3:15 PM
1/22/18 Haslett Meadow Bowl (Home) 3:15 PM
1/26/18 Eaton Rapids Meadow Bowl (Home) 3:15 PM
1/29/18 Mason Meadow Bowl (Home) 3:15 PM
1/30/18 Waverly Royal Scot (Away) 3:15 PM
2/2/18 Ionia Meadow Bowl (Home) 3:15 PM
2/3/18 Zeeland Tournament GR (Away) 8:30 AM
2/5/18 DeWitt Meadow Bowl (Home) 3:15 PM
2/9/18 Grand Ledge Meadow Bowl (Home) 3:15 PM
2/11/18 CAAC Tournament Royal Scot (Away) 8:00 AM
2/20/18 Haslet City Limits (Away) 3:00 PM