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Springfield girls bowling team looking to repeat as league champions

12/27/2012 - South Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

SPRINGFIELD — Head Springfield High School girls bowling coach Matt Graves said this year’s team features a lot of winning attributes.

“This is an experienced, determined group of young ladies,” he said. “I love their competitiveness and passion.”

Last season, the team finished 17-4 overall and 7-1 in the Portage Trail Conference (PTC) Metro Division.

“We were PTC Metro Division champions, and we advanced to the District Tour,” Graves said. “[This year], we hope to match what we did in the league, and we want to advance to the state tournament.”

The team lost two seniors to graduation following the 2011-12 season, but the coach said experience is a definite strength of this season’s roster.

“Our varsity roster is filled with returning letter-winners,” he stated.

The seniors are led by team captain Jordan Bever, a two-year letter-winner.

“As a sophomore, she qualified individually for districts and last year helped her team qualify,” Graves said. “She was first team all-PTC Metro last year. She is looking to continue bowling at the college level.

The senior class is rounded out by two-year letter-winners Lisa Stout, Noor Hindi and Jenna Eisemanm, and second-year bowler Jessica Land.

“The seniors have a positive attitude and continue to give a great effort,” Graves said.

Another key returning letter-winner, the coach noted, is junior Kylie Jackson.

“She keeps improving and has helped our team since joining the varsity near the end of last season,” he said.

According to Graves, the team also has a strong group of underclassmen this season.

“We have three sophomores that are outstanding — Chelsea Crihfield (co-captain), Amanda Smith and Savannah Nestorm,” he said. “Amanda and Chelsea were first team all-PTC Metro last season and Savannah was second team.”

Another key sophomore, Graves said, is Ami George, who has been a pleasant surprise for the team.

“This is her first year ever bowling, and she is really improving quickly,” he said. “She is still on JV [junior varsity], but has made an appearance on varsity once already.”

Through Dec. 20, Springfield’s record was 7-2 overall and 2-0 in the league.

“We are coming off a big victory over Kent Roosevelt. We lost to two perennial power houses — Jackson and Garretsville,” Graves said. “We are working hard to win repeat as league champions. We know it will be tough — Coventry will challenge, along with Kent. We also aim to advance to the state tournament.”

Graves is in his third season as coach of the Springfield girls bowling team. His assistant coach is Kerry Bever.

“He is very knowledgeable and he works well with everyone,” Graves stated.

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