The West Delaware girls and boys bowling teams will begin their season this afternoon on the road at the Lucky 10 Lanes in Independence facing the Mustangs.
The Hawk boys are the defending Class 1A state champions and return five of the six members of that title team. Longtime assistant coach Bob Morris is in his first year as head coach after 10 years as the assistant for the program dating back to when Bowling became a sport at WD in 2007. Senior Jeff Boeckenstedt and junior Alex Schnieders finished one and two in the individual competition at state last February.
Morris takes over for John Chapman, who had to give up the position because of travel demands with his full-time job. Improvement was a huge factor in the Hawks success last season. They saved their best bowling for the end of the season at districts, then at state where they finished with a team total 52 pins better than Maquoketa. Jim Shover, the team’s senior captain, tied for 11th at state, junior Ian Tibbott was 14th and senior Tristin Kelley was 30th.
The WD girls are right up there with the Hawk boys in terms of returning talent. Eleventh-year head coach Ken Bosenberg’s team finished fifth in Class 1A and brings back four bowlers including the defending state individual champion, senior Andrea Salow, who scored a 441 to take in the 1A field at the 2017 state meet.
Coach Boesenberg talks about last years success and what the immediate future could look like:
Bowling can be a very mental sport and coach Boesenberg talks about the mindset the program has:
A schedule quirk has the season starting a week later than normal as coach Boesenberg explains:
The match will begin at 4pm this afternoon in Independence.