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BOWLING: Focus is key for Trenton this season (PHOTOS)
The 2013-14 Trenton bowling team features eight boys and eight girls. In the front row are Taylor Hubbard (left) Chelsea Durand and Tara Carter. Seated behind them are Kayln Davis (left), Natalie Sewed, Hannah Shimanek, Felicia Christopher and Cat Miller. Standing are Drew Johnson (left), Kyle Renko, Roger Berry, David Owens, Coach Jeff Lizewski, Devon Blake, Mike McQuillen, Ryu Ando and Greg Raymond. Photo by Dave Gorgon
Trenton team captain Drew Johnson is carrying an average above 200 this season. Photo by Dave Gorgon
Trenton team captain Felicia Christopher carries an average in the 160s this season. Photo by Dave Gorgon
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“As long as we stay focused and play our game, I think we can go to regionals, place high and go to states,” said boys team senior captain Drew Johnson. “Focus is the most important part of bowling. You’ve got to find your shot, relax and execute.”
“This is a big year for us,” added girls senior captain Felicia Christopher. “We’re trying to focus and do well. We have a lot of potential to do well.”
Nine seniors – four on the boys team, five on the girls team – make this season important in Trenton bowling history.
Coach Jeff Lizewski said this season’s goals include winning the Downriver League, winning the Bowl for Burns tournament on January 25 and bowling in the state tournament.
“My ultimate goal would be to take both teams to states,” he said.
The boys team is off to a 3-0-1 start against teams from the Downriver League and the Western Wayne Athletic Conference.
Senior Michael McQuillen, in his fourth year of varsity bowling, leads the Trojans with a 209 average – which is one of the best in the league.
Johnson and junior David Owens are both above 200. Owens’ two-game scratch series of 448 is one of the best in the league.
Senior Kyle Renko (189) and sophomore Devon Blake (172) round out the top five averages on the team. Senior Roger Berry, junior exchange student Ryu Ando and freshman Greg Raymond complete the eight-bowler roster.
“I feel the boys will be very competitive and have the potential to win the Downriver League,” Lizewski said. “They have improved dramatically from last year to this year. In my six years coaching high school bowling (second year with the boys team), this is the best Trenton team I’ve seen. They have they ability, they listen and they’re more disciplined.”
One of the Trojans’ strengths is Baker games, where they lead the league in points earned. Their season bests include a single Baker game of 246 (second best in the league) and a league-leading two-game Baker game series of 454.
Johnson said he wants the Trojans to become league champions and he hopes someone on the team bowls a perfect 300 game.
The girls team consists of five seniors and three freshmen. Three seniors are averaging in the 160s: Christopher, in her fourth year of varsity bowling; Cat Miller, in her third year; and Kalyn Davis, in her second year.
The other seniors are Natalie Sewed (147) and Hannah Shimanke (143).
Taylor Hubbard (157) leads the trio of freshmen. She is joined by Chelsea Durand (147) and Tara Carter (138).
“The team is so balanced so it’s difficult to pick the starting five from the eight girls from meet to meet,” Lizewski said. “I feel they could be very competitive in the Downriver League. As long as they stay focused and put the team first, they could be in contention for the league championship.”
The girls are 2-0 vs. Downriver League competition and 2-2 overall.
Last Updated: 1/3/2014 1:24:41 PM EST