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Firestone girls bowling team looking for league title this season

1/16/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

WEST AKRON — With a 5-2 start to the season, the Firestone High School girls bowling team has exceeded the expectations of head coach Frank Krajcovic.

“They really have,” the first-year coach said Jan. 10. “The only match we’ve lost in the City Series was against Ellet, and that actually ended in a tie. We were in some tough lane conditions, but the girls adjusted and came back and tied it. We lost it in a sudden-death tiebreaker. The other team we lost against was Nordonia, and they are one of the top-ranked schools in our conference. That came down to the final pins, and we lost by just a few pins. In all our other matches, I thought the girls have not only risen to the challenges, but they’ve exceeded them.”

Krajcovic said this year’s team has “a lot of experience,” led by four seniors: Meredith Eichenlaub, Jordan Jernigan, Jamie Lavigne and Melia Romine.

“These kids have just come of age, and they’re ready to bowl,” the coach stated.

Eichenlaub is this year’s team captain and the team’s best bowler, Krajcovic said.

“When you watch her bowl, she’s like a machine as far as consistency in how she throws her ball,” the coach said. “She’s amazing to watch. Time after time, she’s so consistent. She has a lot of dedication and is disciplined in how she throws her ball. Right now, Meredith has the ability to get past sectionals.”

Other key bowlers on this year’s team are junior Madison Wellendorf and sophomore Emily Markuz.

“Madison could possibly be the second-best bowler on our team. She can step up next year right into one of the spots left by the seniors, and I look forward to watching her do that. She’s a very good technical bowler. She really knows what she’s doing,” Krajcovic said. “Emily just shows constant improvement. She has some really good games. She started off being kind of an extra person on the team, but she has really solidified herself as one of the really solid players.”

According to Krajcovic, the team’s depth can make for a difficult choice on game days.

“With six good bowlers, it’s a hard decision on who to start,” he said. “They’re all very consistent and they’re all doing a great job right now.”

Krajcovic said the girls bowling team is aiming for a league title this season.

“I really look for the girls to go in and be the City Champs. That is the expectation right now. I think the girls really want that,” he said. “They are competitive, and they want to win. When it comes time for them to bowl in the City Series championship, you’ll see them step up.”

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