Hoban girls bowling team showing improvement over last season
AKRON — Last year, the Archbishop Hoban High School girls bowling team won a total of three games (with a 3-18 overall record). This year, the team has already doubled that win total, and head coach Dennis Holodnak said the team is getting better as the season moves along.
“We are 6-5 overall and 4-4 in the [Greater Summit Conference], and we still probably have 10 games to go with tournaments and games,” the coach said. “They are really moving ahead. [Assistant coach] Kerby Calet really helps to handle the girls team for me, and they are really starting to move. A lot of it is just hard work on the girls’ part. They have really worked on their game, not just during the season, but also in the offseason.”
The Hoban girls bowling team has a small roster this season, Holodnak said, but it includes a nice blend of youth and experience among the bowlers.
“We had four or five girls who returned, and we only had a total of seven girls out for bowling,” he said. “Of those seven, two had never bowled before.”
The three seniors on the team (with comments on each by Holodnak) are:
• Lexis Topoly: “She’s a three-year bowler. Lexis averages about 133. She is a steady bowler. She’s going to graduate this year, and I think her goal is to go into the military.”
• Julie Henthorne: “She averages around 127, and this is also her third season. She’s kind of an easygoing person and a good teammate.”
• Stephanie Surblis: “She’s a four-year bowler. She really has improved her game this year. Right now, she’s averaging around 148 and her high game is 202. She also has the highest three-game series for the girls at 487. This is her second season as a team captain.”
The team’s other captain this season is junior Kayla Horning.
“This is her third season, and she is really improving every year,” Holodnak said. “In fact, she’s been looked at by some people that help women get college scholarships for bowling. That’s her goal, to go to college and also to bowl in college. She has the tools to, by the end of her senior year, maybe make that goal.”
The remainder of the roster this season is comprised of junior Maria Albanese and sophomores Kyonne Smith and Emma Fobean.
“Right now, [the sophomores are] still in the learning phase,” Holodnak stated. “Kerby is working with them to get better, and really that’s what their goal is this season — to learn how to bowl and get better.”
According to Holodnak, the team’s goal this season is to try to “get to district.”
“There’s a lot of really good girls’ teams in our conference, including Green, Ellet, Walsh Jesuit and some of the others. There’s some tough teams,” he said. “But if they can’t make it as a team, they’ll look to move forward as individuals. Individually, they can move on if they are in the top five teams that don’t move on to districts.” So there’s a lot to play for.”
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