The Homer Central boys’ and girls’ bowling teams open their season this afternoon with a non-league match against neighboring Cortland High starting at 3:30 p.m. at Cort-Lanes.
The Trojan boys were a perfect 14-0 in OHSL Liberty Division action and 15-2 overall during the 2018-19 season. The only losses were to non-league foes Cicero-North Syracuse and East Syracuse-Minoa.
The Trojans girls went 13-1 in league action and posted a 13-4 over- all record.
Both teams won the OHSL Liberty Division crown one year ago and come back with a number of experienced bowlers as head coach Robert Nasiatka expects another good showing from both squads.
“The boys will win the league and anything less than the Section 3 Class C sectional title small school title will be a disappointment,” Nasiatka said. “We do have a chance to win the overall in the section. I have six guys who should throw a 600 series almost every week and three or four of them can pop out a 700 any night. V-V-S will be our competition for a sectional title.
“The girls should compete for a league title again. CBA and Solvay will be competitive. We could really may make some noise in sectionals like last year’s team. We are young so some will have to grow into their role quickly.”
Leading the way for the boys this season is fourth year senior Nick Hinshaw, who had the high league average of 202.5 in 2018-19.
“Nick Hinshaw has traveled all year in very competitive tourneys,” Nasiatka said. “Great experiences that make you competition tough. He’s been to states the last two years and wants to go for a third as a team.”
Ready for their third season are junior Richard Lambrecht (189.7), sophomore Mike Grant (198.6) and sophomore Brenton Hapgood (171.1).
“Mike should be a 220 average,” Nasiatka said. “It’s unreal how well he is rolling this early. He should push Nick for the top spot. Richard is in his third year in top the six on the team. He’s a great competitor who pushes himself and the others hard. Brenton’s time has come to be in the top six and he really has looked great early on. A very competitive kid who really motivates others.”
The rest of the roster is full of first year, and talented, new faces. Those faces include seventh grader Jeremie Hale, Jr. the sophomore trio of Kolbe Fuller, Aaron Platt and Logan Mydlenski, plus freshmen Nate McMullen, Kyrius Townsend. Michael McCall and Dwight Eldridge, along with senior Cameron Sisson.
“Kolbe has been one of the best surprises this year,” Nasiatka said. “Great attitude, very coachable, wants to be in the top six. I have to remember Jeremie is a seventh grader. He rolls a great ball and will be great for years. Aaron is a great additional lefty, may see some time on the varsity team. Cameron is a first year lefty as well, a lot to learn and he listens and adjusts. Nate is another great addition, will grow into a starter of the next couple of years. Kyrius has great energy, keeps the team loose, will be good over the next four years.”
The Homer girls have some good experience despite losing three veteran seniors.
Back for a third year is senior Allyson Natale (131.1 average) while sophomore Ashlynn Holcomb (122.3) is ready for her second year. Also returning for her second season is senior Makayla Miller, who bowled as freshman and averaged 162, but took the past two seasons off.
“Allyson is a three-sport athlete and team leader,” Nasiatka said. “Happy to have her back this year. With Ashlynn, we are looking forward to big things from her. She is a year round bowler. I am very excited Makayla is back after a couple of years off.”
The rest of the roster is made up of freshmen Nicollette Biviano and Stella Stockwin, plus sophomores Morgan Brown, Arieliz Morales and Caitlyn Vieou.
“Nicollette has been impressive so far,” Nasiatka said. “She listens and is very coachable. Morgan is very coachable and will be one of our top bowlers by the end of the year. Arieliz is another first year and she always has a smile. Stella is bowling for the first time this year. She’s a good athlete who is learning quickly. Caitlyn has not bowled yet due to injury. We will know soon how she will do.”
Homer is in the OHSL Liberty Division this season with A-P-W, Bishop Grimes, Chittenango, Christian Brothers Academy, Solvay and Weedsport. There will be two matches with each team in the division for a total of 12 matches.
After Tuesday’s non-league opener, Homer will set its sights on the Liberty Division opener Dec. 6 against CBA and Bishop Grimes at 3:30 p.m. All league matches are at Strike ‘N Spare Lanes in Mattydale.
The schedule –
Today* at Cortland (Cort-Lanes), 3:30 p.m.
Dec. 6 Christian Brothers Academy and Bishop Grimes, 3:30 p.m. 9 Chittenango, 3:30. 11 Christian Brothers Academy, 3:30. 18 A-P-W, 3:30. 19 Solvay, 3:30 p.m.
Jan. 3* Cicero-North Syracuse (Strike ‘N Spare Lanes), 3:30 p.m. 9 Weedsport, 3:30. 10 Bishop Grimes. 3:30. 14 Chittenango, 3:30. 21 Solvay 3:30. 22 A-P- W, 3:30. 29 Weedsport, 3:30. 30 OHSL Tournament (County Tournament), 3:30.
Feb. 2 Section 3 Girls’ Tourney (Flamingo Lanes), 9 a.m. Feb. 9 Section 3 Boys’ Tourney (Pin-O-Rama, Utica), 9 a.m. 13 Section 3 Individual State Tourney Qualifier (King Pin Lanes, Rome), 3:30 p.m.
Mar. 13-15 NYSPHSAA Champion- ships (Strike ‘N Spare Lanes), TBA.
* – non-league match. All matches bowled at Strike ‘N Spare Lanes in Mattydale.