CAMANCHE – New season, new roster, new coach – same results.
The Camanche boys bowling team, the defending state runner-ups, came out with a solid win on Monday night to open their season, defeating Louisa-Muscatine at Imperial Lanes.
First year head coach Brad Weber was happy with what he was seeing from his group.
“I’m very happy with how they bowled,” Weber said. “Any time we can shoot these kinds of scores right from the get-go, that’s awesome.”
The varsity boys lost two from their roster, but filled in nicely with experienced bowlers including Jacob Hartman. They defeated Louisa-Muscatine 3207-2979.
Troy Edmunds led the individuals games with a 453 series, bowling a 248 in Game 1.
Austin Dau had two games over 210 to finish with 426, and Austin Smith had 422 in the individual portions.
Rounding out the scores were Payton Nicol and Jacob Hartman with 397 and 395 respectively.
The Indians looked solid on the Baker Rotation, with a 244 in Game 2 and a 255 in Game 4, their fifth game the only one where they dipped under 200 collectively.
“We had some big Baker scores,” Weber said. “They were pretty cohesive and every time you have scores over 220 it’s good. They were having a lot of fun.”
The girls suffered a loss to start their season, but they were bowling across the lane from the defending state champions in Louisa-Muscatine. They lost by nearly 400 pins, but knew this was some of the best competition they were going to see this year.
“They’ve got a good squad and most of their girls are back,” Weber said.
Returning state medalist Emilee Hall led the way with a 495, impressing with a 278 in her second individual game.
Kaylee Tebbe bowled a 342 ad Michelle Stewart a 327.
The girls struggled to keep up with their opponent a little bit in Baker, bowling 141, 193, 166, 144, 150. Four of Louisa-Muscatine’s five games were over 190.
In addition to going against some of the top state bowlers, the girls have an entirely new look to their roster. They return just a couple with varsity experience and have plenty of bowlers who were throwing their first frames of high school competition.
“They were really, really nervous,” Weber said. “I think they did a really good job. There’s always a learning curve.”
Now that they have nerves shaken out and one meet under their belt, Weber is just expecting them to progress even faster.
“They’ve already come a long ways in six practices,” Weber said. “I’m already impressed with them and it’s going really good.”
The Indians break for the holiday, returning to action next Thursday. Then they’re travel and hour north to take on River Valley Conference opponent Bellevue at Horizon Lanes and Hall.