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Winter Sports Preview: Bowling

Tribune Staff • Dec 8, 2016 at 8:30 AM

The Grand Haven boys and girls bowling teams are at two separate stages in their program development this winter. The boys return many key performers from last year’s squad that finished eighth in the state, while the girls team must try and find a way to replace the majority last year’s O-K Red Conference champions.

It will be an interesting winter season for both clubs, but one that should include plenty of invitational titles and hopefully — a pair of state tournament appearances.

Last year: Boys: 6-2 overall, O-K Red Conference champions, regional champions, finished eighth in the state, and won two of five invitational wins

Girls: finished 8-0 overall, O-K Red Conference champions, four of five invitational wins.

Key returners:

Boys: Jimmy Mitchell (three-time All-State and All-Conference selection), Logan Batka, Maverick Green, Jonathan Garland.

Girls: Breanna Olthof (All-Conference last season), Meagan Batka (All-Conference last season).

Roster

Boys:

Senior Jimmy Mitchell

Junior Logan Batka

Junior Maverick Green

Junior Kieran Loughrin

Senior Denver Wright

Junior Peter Gannon

Junior Caleb Chester

Senior Johnathan Garland

Sophomore Cameron Brenberger

Sophomore Cameron Batka

Freshman Seth Doyle

Freshman Corbin Sparrow

Freshman Malin Burridge

Girls:

Senior Breanna Olthof

Senior Meagan Batka

Senior Kaleigh Batka

Sophomore Abbie House

“I’m looking forward to my ninth season as head coach,” said boys coach Pat Mitchell. “We’ve incorporated some new drills for the teams that are already paying off in how they throw the ball. Our goal is to build consistency through efficiency and continued communication, which is key to stay a step ahead of our opponents.”

If you are interested in keeping tabs on every bowling event this winter, check out the team’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GHHSVarsityBowling.

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