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Green boys bowling team’s improvement leading to success

1/2/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

GREEN — Green High School boys bowling head coach Randy Hanson said he is “very happily surprised” by his team’s performance so far this season.

“Right now, we are 8-0 in head-to-head competition, and we have competed in two tournaments. We came in third place at the Nordonia Knights Classic on Dec. 15, and we won the Christmas Invitational at Midway Lanes on Dec. 26,” he said. “In league play [the Greater Summit Conference], we are 6-0.”

Hanson said the team features three seniors: Ryan Few, Matt Stang and Austin Reich.

“Ryan is probably our most consistent bowler. This is his third year as a starting varsity member, and he’s almost like a coach on the lane for me. Ryan carries a 213 average, and he bowls the anchor position in our Baker games,” the coach said. “Matt has bowled pretty regularly for us. He’s our sixth man, and there’s not a better character person on our team. Austin has been in the bowling program for four years, and he’s a wonderful supporter of the team. I hope for him to contribute throughout the season.”

The bowler with the highest average through this point in the season is David Mramor, the team’s lone junior.

“David is averaging a 214,” Hanson said. “This is his third year starting on varsity, and he can bowl some tremendous games at any given time. He is probably the happiest guy, and he keeps the mood on our team light. He’s a whole lot of fun.”

The other starters on the team are sophomores Tommy Lowry and Jake Ewing and freshman Jared Tharp.

“All three have very high averages — they are all close to 200 if not slightly above — and they really keep the prospects for the Green bowling program bright for the next couple years,” the coach said. “They have stepped right up and made up for the missing pins that we graduated last year. They’ve been fantastic.”

Hanson, who is in his sixth year with the program and his third season as the team’s head coach, said the team’s new assistant coach, Phil Krumlauf, brings “years of bowling experience” to the table.

“Phil is dedicated to helping the younger kids become very good bowlers,” he said.

Overall, Hanson said, the team has shown noticeable improvement as the season has progressed.

“In bowling, it’s a lot about making 10-pin spares, and in our last tournament we only missed five 10-pin spares through the course of the entire tournament — about 24 games,” he said. “Earlier in the year, we were missing that many in a 13-game match.”

Because of the team’s early success, Hanson said he keeps raising the team’s goals for the season.

“I came in really hoping to be competitive in our conference. But with the way that they’ve started, I feel that they can compete — with continued improvement — for the league title,” he said. “And I think with the continued improvement of the underclassmen, we should continue to be a very competitive program.”

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