Wayne High Bowling Working On Fundamentals To Build Foundation Towards The Future, In Search Of Third Straight State Tournament Berth For Both Girls And Boys

WAYNE – Entering the third year of NSAA sanctioned bowling, the Wayne High girls and boys are gearing up for another season.

Blue Devil bowling will look to continue to make some noise at the state tournament after returning with several team trophies and individual state medalists over the past two years.

There are 24 members who will make up this year’s bowling program broken down to nine girls and 15 boys. Seven members can make up the varsity team at any one time.

Head coach Josh Johnson, named Girls Bowling NFHS NSAA State Coach of the Year for a second straight year, said the first couple weeks of practice is all about fundamentals to build the foundation towards the future.

“The kids want to get out and just play games,” said Johnson. “But we were working on strike throws and making adjustments, throwing at spares. For some kids it’s just how to hold it, where to throw it; those types of things.”

Joining coach Johnson will be Cec Vandersnick along with a few volunteer coaches.

Two senior starters and a third senior part-time starter graduated off last year’s Wayne High girls team.

Coach Johnson added there will be some girls with quite a bit of experience who will return.

“Riley Haschke is a senior, this will be her third year with our program and obviously bowled quite a bit,” Johnson added. “Then we have a couple of juniors. Nina Hammer who’s looking to step into some starting roles this year and then the state runner-up individual last year in Jersi Jensen; she’ll be definitely key to that.”

The Blue Devil girls are the two-time defending Class A team champions.

The sophomore class along with some newcomers will also be called upon among the nine girls out.

On the boys side, Wayne High has qualified for the state tournament each of the past two years

Coach Johnson mentioned although they lost some key seniors due to graduation, the Blue Devils will bring a nice core back.

“Brogan Foote, Calvin Starzl, Shayne Geidner,” Johnson mentioned. “Three seniors that were huge parts of our year last year; started all of last year. Brogan and Calvin are state medalists over the last two years, so they know what it takes it get it done.”

Last year’s Wayne High boys team fell one win short of making it to the team finals.

Again, the sophomore class and a couple freshman will need to step up with no juniors behind senior class.

Year three of NSAA sanctioned high school bowling will showcase 58 boys and 57 girls teams which will now split teams into Class A and Class B.

Wayne High will compete in Class B with most of the teams qualifying in the state tournament the past two years will be compete in Class A.

The Wayne High girls and boys bowling program will open the year on Thursday, December 1 with a dual at Norfolk Catholic starting at 6 p.m.

Throughout the year, WHS will host four home outings from Wildcat Lanes.

Coach Johnson said the Blue Devil fans always travel well.

“It’s always fun to see a good crowd to come cheer us on and our kids get pumped up by that; really pushes them and motivates them,” said Johnson. “Then we actually have quite a few just a short drive over in Norfolk at Kings Lanes. We always get a good crowd no matter if it’s here, at state or where.”

The first home competition for Wayne High bowling will be on Friday, December 16 hosting Bancroft-Rosalie starting at 4:30 p.m.