Camanche bowling

Camanche senior Payton Nicol bowls on Monday night during their season opening win over Louisa-Muscatine.

The Camanche bowling team has a new face, but not really.

After head coach Jay Garvey stepped back, assistant coach Brad Weber just naturally took over the role. That left little changing for the Indians.

“I knew most of the girls and boys, so it really wasn’t too much of a change for them,” Weber said .

Weber and the Indians are back and looking for more success. The boys finished second at state last season, and return a big chunk of that same roster. They only lost Dalton Weber and Brandon Weber as far as varsity bowlers.

That returns bowlers like Austin Smith, Troy Edmunds, Payton Nicol, and Austin Dau

Thanks to a family move, Jacob Hartman (formerly from Clinton High School) joined their roster .

“I still have a solid group of boys coming back,” Weber said. “Adding Jacob Hartman, he’s going to fill right in where Dalton was so they’re good to go.”

They started their season out with a win Monday night, defeated Louisa-Muscatine by over 200 pins.

The girls had a little bit more turnover, but still return four bowlers.

They have filled roster spots with underclassmen, and Weber felt some nerves from them when they competed for the first time Monday. It didn’t help that they bowled against the returning state champion to start their season.

Still, he says they’re progressing already .

“I’m looking to see them all grow,” Weber said. “I’ve got some new kids who are really going to come along.”