SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute boys and girls bowling teams will move to the small school south division, this season, joining Eden, Iroquois and Holland. S-GI was previously part of the Erie County Interscholastic Conference Division 3, and moved to the new division, along with Lackawanna and Pioneer.
“This should prove to be an interesting season, for our boys and girls varsity bowling teams, due to divisional realignments in ECIC,” said Coach Kevin Farner.
The Griffs had a 4 – 6 record, last season. The team is fronted by Wyatt Sibiga, who led the team in high average last season and eighth grader Zack Slippy, who was the team’s “most improved player,” last season, according to Farner. Also playing for the Griffs will be juniors Brandon Sullivan, Nate Sopko and Andy Loop as well as sophomore Kyle McCarthy. Sullivan said that practice will be key, for the season’s outcome.
“Our team hasn’t changed much,” Sullivan said. “We have a young, but very experienced, team. A lot of us have been on the team, for multiple years. This season looks very promising, if we focus and practice hard, in the preseason.”
Farner added, “I expect Eden to be the team to beat, in our division. They have a bowler who carries an average near 220. I believe we have as good of depth as any team, in our division, and will be competitive against everyone.”
The girls team will be led by Miranda Clark. Clark has had the highest average on the team, since she joined in eighth grade.
“[My goal is] to be one of the top individuals in our division, but more so about the team being No. 1, in our division. We, unfortunately, lost some of our best opponents, with the division changes, so we are ready to come out on top, as a team,” Clark said.
The girls will look to improve on their 7 – 3 record, from last season.
“Honestly, we lost our biggest competition [in] Maryvale,” Clark noted. “[That team] has the best girl bowler in Western New York and one of the top girls, nationally, so that was a tough team to beat, but, with us, we just have to practice and work on our spares.
“It sounds cliché, but every pin counts, against tough teams,” she continued. “With the fresh faces on the team, this year, their willingness to learn and put the time in is what will set us apart, from the opponents.”
Other contributors on the team will be seniors Tara Felser and Hunter McCarthy, along with eighth grader Mariah Gamel.
“[Clark] will have to work hard to stay ahead of the other three girls listed,” explained Farner. “The girls are coming off a 7 – 3 season and will have a realistic chance of being the top team in the new division.”
Springville will play their first match of the season on Monday, Dec. 10 at the Eden Bowling Center at 4:30 p.m.