NEWTON — Newton Senior High’s bowling teams have some quality competitors returning from last year’s top teams of the Little Hawkeye Conference. The Cardinal girls and boys each finished second to Knoxville at the Class 1A regional bowling tournament, not qualifying for the state tournament.
“Each season is so unpredictable. All we can do is perform our best and keep striking,” said Seth Banwell, NHS bowling coach. “We have strong leaders for each team. The teams will be strong contenders to become conference champions and qualify for the state tournament in February.”
The Cardinal boys have 21 on the roster with 12 as returning bowlers for the team. Newton’s girls number 16 for the 2013-14 season with eight returners on the lanes.
Juniors Alex Bare and Payton Cox and sophomores Jake Karlzen and Bryan McMahon are the top bowlers back for the boys. Banwell said the four bowlers’ averages range from 168 to 198.
“They were a young team last season and were still able to have the best record in our conference. The boy’s team has a lot of depth with several great bowlers,” Banwell said.
Banwell said he expects “great things” from junior Andrew Lammey and sophomore Shea Carre plus three freshmen — Reid Miller, Joe Stammeyer and Nick VerSteeg.
Leading the Cardinal girls are sophomore Madison Humphrey and junior Erica Bailey. Humphrey earned 1A District 5 first-team honors last year with a 188 average. Bailey garnered district honorable mention with a 163 average.
Madison bowls well beyond her years. As a freshman, she was ranked third in the state in Class 1A for several weeks last season,” Banwell said. “This summer, in an opening bowling training clinic, Madison bowled 11 consecutive strikes.
‘Erica currently has the highest average on our team when we bowl for score. She is very dependable on producing some very high games. She brings a lot of great experience to the table with an appearance at the state tournament two years ago.”
Newton’s bowling team open the season Dec. 7 at the Knoxville Invitational. The Cardinals have four home meets this season. They compete at Cardinal Lanes. Their first home meet is against Knoxville on Dec. 14.