FLINT TWP — A year ago, the Carman-Ainsworth girls’ bowling team ended its campaign with an 8-3 overall record, placing sixth at the team regional. The finish was a disappointment to coach Gordon Kaufman and his squad, which had aspirations of qualifying for the state meet.
The Lady Cavs return to the local lanes as a more seasoned and determined team, losing no key players from last season. Carman-Ainsworth also returns three starters in senior Quinisha Burnett and juniors Kenzey and Kassidy Lord, who happen to be fraternal twins.
With a solid lineup already in place, the Cavaliers also added a pair of components to bolster the roster even more. Junior Shamonica Simon, a transfer from Flint Northern, will be in the lineup for the Cavs after taking the Saginaw Valley League singles’ tournament championship a year ago by 132 pins. That will definitely help, considering Carman- Ainsworth is now a member of the SVL.
Freshman Yakira Hughes will be the fifth and final starter for the Cavs this season, however, Brenardette Gruber and Shiann Luxon are on deck for any additional help the squad may need.
“My expectations are to qualify for team state, which would be a first for CA girls,” said Kaufman. “When we do make it to states, I don’t expect just to be happy being there. I fully believe our team can win the state championship if the pins fall the right way for us.”
“It will be an exciting year as we will be bowling in our new league, SVC, with 12 conference matches and 10 tournaments,” continued Kaufman. “Of those 10, five will be team tournaments. We only have one championship as of now. This year, we are ready to roll and fill our trophy shelf with numerous championship trophies along with the SVC conference, regional and state championships.”
Calls and e-mails to boys’ bowling coach Kevin Dyer were not returned by deadline.