The varsity boys bowling team kicked off its season with a convincing win over Russia Saturday, 2519-1834.
This season’s boys squad features many returning varsity players from last year, and varsity coach Jim Kaeck said the team should be able to build on last year’s state qualifying squad.
Saturday’s match was a dissappointment in one regard for Kaeck, in that the lane conditions were poor, and the balls were hooking way too much.
Kaeck said they had to adjust way more than they should have had to, and that it affected scoring greatly.
In singles play, junior Zerrick Brannan averaged the highest for Wapakoneta, rolling 200 and 177 in the first two games.
Zach Miller also did well, rolling 170 and 184 in his two singles games.
Kaeck said he expects his team to have three if not more bowlers averaging right near 200, and he hoped that the lane conditions will be better at every other event.
Overall, the singles matches gave Wapakoneta a 1687 to 1269 lead over Russia going into the five Baker games.
Baker games are a team game where five different players roll two frames each.
Wapakoneta won four out of the five Baker games, for a pin total of 832 to Russia’s 565.
The Wapakoneta girls ran into state champion Coldwater in their first match, and were handed a 2217-1671 loss on Saturday.
Jim Brannan also said the lane conditions were poor. He said his team was going to be improving week to week.
Both the boys and the girls team roll Saturday in Minster.