Bowling Preview

Coaches: Timothy Nunn, boys; Paul
Ballard, girls.
Years: 2 and 1
Last year: Boys: SVL champs at 12-1;
Losses: Cameron Wright, Julius
Returning: Boys: Dequincy Adams,
Jordan Bair, Milton Gibson III, Jordan
Nunn. Girls: just two returning.

Season overview: After winning the Saginaw Valley League title last season and qualifying Jordan Bair and Jordan Nunn to the state meet, Coach Nunn is optimistic about the upcoming season.

“I am looking forward to another great bowling season, which will hopefully end with a state championship.”

Ballard, who spent the last four seasons coaching Swartz Creek’s JV boys, takes the helm of the girls’ program from Lorita Simon.

“Swartz Creek competed in the Metro League, so this year will be all new to me in figuring out which school teams are cross town rivals and which teams are the ones to be wary of,” Ballard said.

Aside from building up a program that now has seven bowlers, Ballard said his main goal is to build on the team concept rather than on any one individual, which he says is a carry over from last season.

“This year I am going to concentrate on rebuilding TEAM over individuals, trying to mend any bad feelings that were fostered last year between parents and coaching staff. I will bring a different, and hopefully, a more successful style of coaching based on what happened last year. I want to get the team back on track to what supposedly has been a successful program in the past.”

Ballard certainly knows what the girls may be capable of. While at Creek he led the JV boys to second place in the Div. 2 state finals in 2013 and had three boys place in the top 32 in the state –one place fourth, one 16th and one 32nd.

“I am looking to establish a baseline relationship with the team and parents so that the future will get re-set and back on track to becoming one of the pre-eminent programs within our state,” Ballard said. “Unfortunately, we have limited participation within the school, but with an upcoming middle school program that has recently developed, we hope to be able to develop a larger population of which to draw from in the next few years.” — L.P.

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