Green boys bowling coach confident chemistry will lead to wins
GREEN — According to Green High School boys bowling head coach Randy Hanson, the strength of this year’s squad is “team chemistry.”
“We are fortunate enough to have a great group of young men that get along great together,” he said. “They are very supportive of each other and there are no individuals on the team. They have team goals, not individual goals.”
Hanson said the team is “a great mix of veteran and younger bowlers.”
“There are three seniors, one junior, one sophomore and one freshman on the varsity squad. All of them should contribute to the team all season,” he stated. “This team is not built around one player, but a group of, in my personal opinion, solid young men as people and as athletes.”
The seniors this year are Justin Bridgeman, Nate Ripley and Sean Morris.
“Justin and Nate are four-year lettermen, and I am expecting these seasoned performers to shine this season. Their leadership abilities hopefully will lead this team to the goals that they have set for our team,” Hanson said. “This is Sean’s first year as a varsity member, and we are looking forward to his contributions on the team. He has already showed his merit on the team by some strong performances in match play.”
On Dec. 7, Bridgeman bowled a 299 in match play against Wadsworth High School.
“He just missed a perfect 300 game on his last shot, leaving a single 10 pin,” Hanson said. “The excitement was fantastic, and it was great to see a young man who has worked so hard on his game get so close to the perfect score. I am confident that he, or anyone on our team, can achieve that perfect score this year.”
Also playing key roles for the team this season, the coach said, are Ryan Few and Tommy Lowry.
“Ryan Few is going to be our surprise player of the year. He has been in the program since his freshman year and had a strong season last year. However, this season, his junior year, should be a breakout year for this solid bowler,” Hanson stated. “David Mramor comes from a bowling family. He moved here from Pennsylvania last year and has been an outstanding addition to our team. His outgoing personality and solid bowling ability cannot be underestimated. I am expecting great things from this young man.”
The youngest member of this year’s squad is freshman Tommy Lowry.
“He has come on strong from the beginning of the season to earn a starting position,” the coach said. “We are excited, as a team, to have him join us and help achieve our goals. He will be a solid addition to our team.”
Last season, Green finished 15-3 overall, including a 12-2 mark in the Greater Summit Conference.
“We finished in a three-way tie for first place in the Greater Summit Conference,” Hanson said. “We advanced through sectionals to districts, and missed making the state tournament by two teams. The top five teams advanced and we came in seventh in districts out of 27 teams.”
Hanson said the key to bettering that performance will be improved spare shooting this season.
“We emphasize every practice that this game is all about making our spares. The strikes will come, but picking up our spares is crucial,” he said. “We will not achieve our goals if we cannot pick up spares. It’s like a home run in baseball — those are great, but teams still need to hit singles. Spares are our singles.”
Through Dec. 11, Green was out to a 4-0 start.
“Our seniors have set goals for the season with all members of the team, and some of them are unknown to me as their coach,” Hanson said. “As a coach, my goal for them is to represent themselves in a sportsmanlike manner and compete at the highest level they can. We would like to compete for a league championship and advance as far as possible in the state tournament.”
Hanson is in his second year as head coach of the Green boys bowling team. Assistant coach Brian McQuain also is in his second season.
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