by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
The boys team has more kids on the roster than ever and the girls team actually has enough members to fill out a full team. In other words, the only direction the Hudson bowling squad can go is up, right?
That’s what second-year head coach John Brockway is hoping.
Both teams finished 0-18 last season, thanks to inexperience and lack of numbers. The boys squad has 20 kids on the roster this season and the girls team, which couldn’t compete against other squads because it had just three varsity bowlers, has six bowlers.
“We’ve got people,” said Brockway, who has been a part of Hudson bowling for the last eight years. “The boys carry a full load of varsity and JV [junior varsity] bowlers. In the past, the most we’ve ever carried was 16.”
The boys will be led by junior Nich Brumbaugh, who qualified for district play last season. Brumbaugh led the team with a scoring average of 179 and is a three-year varsity starter.
Not far behind Brumbaugh is senior Donny Campbell, a second-year starter, who had a scoring average of 160.
Also expected to start are senior Mike Rybak, who returns to the team after taking a year off, and sophomores Taylor Turrin and Phil Rust.
Other returning players are juniors C.J. Colesi, Hunter McCollough and Evan Welch and sophomore Harry Pappas.
“We have seen some improvement,” Brockway said. “Donny really came on strong at the end of the year. Nich looks a little better. We’ve only won one conference match in the last two years. We’re hoping to be more competitive.”
Angela Piazza, a junior, returns to the girls team after qualifying for district play last season.
The other two players from last season, Mary Beth Sargent and Jessica Hartle, graduated in the spring.
The rest of the team features seniors Ashley Gardea and Celine Bedrosian; and juniors Elaina Arsham, who returns after taking a year off, Autumn Stanonik and Geneva Liljestrand.
Gary Reynolds is an assistant coach.
“We’re hoping to win a couple of matches,” Brockway said. “By the end of the year, we’re hoping they can improve by 20 to 30 pins or more from tryouts.”
Hudson will compete in the Northeast Ohio Conference, which also features Stow-Munroe Falls, Cuyahoga Falls, Twinsburg, Solon, Mayfield, Mentor, Brush and Brunswick.
Both teams were scheduled to make their debuts Nov. 19 at Twinsburg. Results were not available at press time. They are set to host Brush Nov. 26 at Sto-Kent Family Entertainment. Bowling is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
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