Winning record goal for Coventry boys bowling team
COVENTRY — Now in his second season in charge of the program, Coventry High School boys bowling head coach Steve Kinty said he is seeing a lot of improvement in this year’s squad.
The coach described this year’s team as more “competitive” than last year’s Comets.
“They understand the game a little more and they have more fire in their heart and a little more fire in their eyes,” Kinty said. “They’ve got their spare shooting down better, and they have a better understanding of what adjustments they need to make.”
Last year, Coventry finished in third place in the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division, Kinty said, and hovered around the .500 mark. This year, he said the team’s primary goal is to end the season with a winning record.
“I think we’ve got the capability of finishing at least second in the league, but we’ll see,” he said. “But I definitely want to see us finish at .500 or better.”
According to the coach, the team is anchored by three returning starters. Those bowlers, with quotes on each by Kinty, are as follows:
• Junior Kyle Maneval: “Kyle is a left-handed bowler and a good lead-off bowler for us. He’s got a good follow through and he’s really steady at the line. He’s solid. I’d just like to see him get a little more consistent on spares.”
• Senior Devin Elekes: “Devin has a good game. His family is filled with good bowlers, and he’s come up with the game. He’s a good spare shooter, and he reads the lanes very well. I just want him to become a little bit more of a leader and also not be so tough on himself.”
• Senior Jacob Shondel: “Jacob has a strong mental game. He’s a two-handed bowler, which I’m still trying to learn how to coach. In fact, he knows more about his game than I do. He’s a right-handed two-hander.”
Kinty said the two seniors are “always competing” to be the team’s anchor.
“Devin and Jacob both want the ball in their hands last,” he said. “They want to be the fifth man on the team, and they want the ball in their hands at key points. I really love that about them.”
Other starters this year, Kinty said, are freshman Daniel Thomas and juniors Trevor Williamson and Sam McKenzie.
“Daniel has great rotation; he’s just a little inexperienced. He’s one of my smallest guys, but he has one of the highest rotations on the team. He’ll be a good bowler for us,” the coach said. “Trevor’s a pretty good bowler, but he’s just got to concentrate a bit more on his downswing. Sam is working hard at it. He’s just got to learn a little more of himself. He’ll be another good bowler.”
Kinty said he likes the makeup of his squad and he is eager to see what they can become.
“We lost a couple of seniors from last year, but my juniors and freshmen have stepped up a notch,” he said. “With the two seniors we have and everybody else, I think we’re going to be good.”
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