The 13th season of the Texas High School Bowling Club kicks off today with Ellison hosting Harker Heights at Hallmark Lanes while Shoemaker visits Killeen at Killeen Bowlerama.
Copperas Cove has an opening-week bye.
All matches start at 4:30 p.m.
Cove’s Lady Bulldawgs look for a three-peat as they return three first-team all-district bowlers. Seniors Stephani Brown and Jessica Reed will team with sophomore Dakota Stutz and lettermen Addie Ganyard and Brytni Jones to form a formidable squad.
The Lady Dawgs recently won the Bryan Burr Invitational Classic in Georgetown.
Harker Heights returns a strong team to battle Cove for the district crown. Maya Dixon-Dates leads an experienced group of returnees — Samantha Jewell, Shelby Schwab and Holland Turnquist. Coach Garry McNiesh believes freshman Sierra Ciesiolka will add punch to an already solid lineup.
Ellison coach Karin Ciesiolka’s Lady Eagles, fresh off of their Elite Eight finish at the state tournament last year, return district MVP Samantha Kriner and starters Hayley Brooks and Donna Skinner, and plan on giving the favorites plenty of competition.
Shoemaker’s Lady Grey Wolves will have a fairly new team, but will be led by Kayla Henry, who can do some damage having improved tremendously over last season. Coach Connie White expects to challenge for a playoff spot.
Coach Steve Salak also expects Killeen’s Lady Roos to challenge, having just missed a playoff appearance last season. Returning starters Amanda Morgan and Summer Salak form a solid core that will make Killeen competitive.
Cove’s boys return their entire starting lineup from last year’s 9-1 district champion, and are the prohibitive favorite to repeat.
MVP Jacob Reed, William Foster, Robert Bigford, James Norris and Nate Cerniglia are all capable of averaging more than 200 and will give Cove one of the best teams in the state.
Ellison returns two all-district performers in Jordan Garza and Christian Trinidad, and two other solid performers in Justin Pusateri and Jeffrey Stamp, and will give Cove a run for the title.
Harker Heights looks to rebound from a third-place finish last season and be competitive. Returning starters Devin Drew and Michael Williams have improved and will be joined by Mississippi transfer Christian Phan and freshman Michael Dixon-Dates to form a solid lineup.
Shoemaker returns Damon Franklin and Tommy Flores and will add newcomers Joseph Henry and Austin Ratcliff and figure to be much improved.
Killeen returns most of its squad from a 4-6 team a year ago and will also be competitive.
More than 170 Texas schools will be competing this year.
across the state. Competing in 28 districts, the top half of schools in each district will advance to regional tournaments on March 2. From there, the top 36 teams advance to the state finals in San Antonio on March 29-30 at Bandera Bowling Center.
For more information on high school bowling, contact Dick Atkinson, district and state coordinator at 254-690-4949 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.