Port Clinton returns three boys to a varsity bowling team that is hungry to improve on an 11th place finish at state last season.
"The boys could be significantly better than last year," Redskins coach Bob Black said. "They have a much better work ethic in practice. I look forward to the boys winning our conference, advancing to districts and hopefully giving a return to the state finals a strong run."
Senior Sean Black and junior David Wilburn were first-team all-conference while Black was honorable mention all-Ohio last season. Wilburn was second-team all-NOBC.
"Sean is ready for a big senior year as he has had success bowling youth tournaments on sport conditions in Ohio and Michigan," Coach Black said.
Coach Black expects his son to be a leader and instill good practice habits and competitive spirit. Sean intends to continue to build on his program records for spare percentage and scoring but the team will try not to look ahead.
"Our team has a strong desire to return to the State Tournament, but we need to take it one match at a time and respect all of our opponents," Sean said. "I want to have a strong senior year after sort of a down year last year, and I want to do my part to lead this team, which could win championships and be very special."
Kyle Radloff is back after two years, Caleb Conrad averaged 180 last season and Wilburn has plenty of potential.
Coach Black hopes to see Wilburn and Darryl Trent in the mid-190s or better.
Sophomore Alysia Zoeller was second-team all-conference last season. Four sophomores and one freshman will start for the girls.
"I would expect a team average of 730 or better," Coach Black said. "Our girls are learning, maturing and should be competitive. Alysia will be very good and Eryn Binder could make a big scoring jump if she learns her proper release."
The girls have improved picking up spares.
"We're laying the fundamentals and knowledge for them to make strong runs as juniors and seniors," Black said. "I look forward to the girls being first or second in the conference and at least advancing to districts."