Coventry boys bowling team working toward successful season
COVENTRY — First-year Coventry High School boys bowling head coach Steve Kinty said the team’s No. 1 goal this year is to “just finish the season.” While it may seem like a modest goal, the team entered the season under unusually trying circumstances.
On July 31, the team’s previous coach, Dave McCormick, died at the age of 50. Kinty, who has been the owner of Turkeyfoot Lanes for the past 10 years, stepped in to lead the team in the absence of a man whom he respected.
“I wasn’t sure what to expect,” Kinty said. “But it’s been a great experience. The kids have really come along. It’s just a shame that I had to do it this way because of the passing of Dave McCormick. He was a good guy, and the only reason I’m the coach now is to step up for Dave.”
Kinty said he has coached young bowlers in the past, but noted this is his first time running a high school bowling team.
“I am extremely satisfied by being a coach and working with the kids,” he stated. “I’ve coached little kids from ages 5 and 6 all the way up to 18 years old, and it’s always very satisfying.”
According to Kinty, the skills he has primarily worked on improving for the Coventry boys bowlers have been “coordination, hand-eye coordination and balance.” The coach said he has “absolutely” seen improvements in those areas and others as the season has progressed.
“They’ve also improved their spare shooting. They have a little bit more ways to go, but their spare shooting has come on,” he said. “If we can just work on spare shooting right now, we can get everything else to fall into place.”
There are eight boys on the varsity team and eight on the junior varsity team, Kinty said.
Leading the way are four seniors: Daniel Clemente, Timothy Kovacs, Alex Morrow and John Shaw.
“They are some of the ones I count on the most,” Kinty noted.
Also playing key roles are juniors Devin Elekes, Jacob Shondel and Zachary Aronhalt and sophomore Kyle Maneval.
“They are pretty good,” the coach said. “Devin is one of my better bowlers and Jacob Shondel is very good.”
The other members are juniors Tyler Eberhardt, Justin Ortscheid and Eric Owens, sophomore Trevor Williamson and freshmen Christopher Cain, Nathan Geiger, Jonathon Kenyon and Joshua Zimcosky.
“I have a number of good kids coming up that have improved a lot,” the coach said. “But we’ve got a long way to go yet.”
Through the season’s first eight games, the team was out to a 5-3 record, and Kinty said the team is ready to become even better.
“Our opponents take this game seriously, and we have to make sure we always match that,” he said. “It will take some time, but we’ll get there. The kids understand that bowling is more than just rolling a ball down the lane. There’s a little bit of art and technique to it.”
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