The Boardman boys varsity bowling team has opened the season with a vengeance. They are currently 4-0 in the Federal League and have done extremely well in early tournaments.
"We participated in a tournament in Columbus and qualified as number six out of 32 teams," said head coach Al Dohar. "We bowled the 11th place team and lost to them, which is the only thing I am upset about this season."
That is because his team has been doing everything right. The team is for the most part, the same team that was headed to state last year and finished 14th in Ohio out of 212 high school teams.
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The Boardman varsity boys bowling team looks unstoppable this year at 4-0. The team is comprised of, in front: sophmores Jake Wagner and Kevin Hynes, and senior Robby Childs. In back are junior Jonathan Tiberio, sophomore Tristan Myers, and seniors Corey Winebold and Dylan Langer. Missing are senior Brandon McClain and sophomore Nick Tancabel.
One new hot shot on the team is sophomore Jake Wagner. He carries an average around 225 and has been fairly consistent. But he is not alone, according to the coach.
"It all depends on the day," Dohar said. "It's someone different stepping up every day."
He said senior Robby Childs and junior Jonathan Tiberio have both posted high averages into the low 200s.
This week will see the first half of the Federal League games come to an end. For the next several weeks, the boys will be scheduled out-of-league matches and taking part in holiday tournaments.
When league play resumes in January, one game is on the team's wanted list. On Jan. 23, they will face arch rival Austintown Fitch. Fitch was at the Columbus tournament and finished second, but the Spartan guys are still planning to beat them.
"The competition in the Mahoning Valley is really good," Dohar said, "and we are always looking to bowl Fitch."
On the girl's side of the lanes, the varsity squad is presently at 1-3. Girls coach Chris Tiberio said the team is still fairly young, but are gaining experience.
"Most on the starting line up are first-year returners," Tiberio said. "Basically we are young and still working on consistency."
One starter who is proving herself is freshman Alexis Grimm. She already has established an average over the 200 mark.
"She shot two of the highest sets on the team so far," the coach said.
Like the boys, the girls also have 20 games to go before playoffs begin in February.