By Georgia Thelen
The Lake Orion High School varsity bowling teams are proving themselves unstoppable against their OAA competitors this season.
So far into the season, the boys and girls bowling teams are meshing well and supporting each other at every match.
Boy’s varsity coach Steve Raemakers says they all still have a little “gelling” to do with each other, but that is completely normal.
The teams have some major matches of the season coming up that should really pull the teams together.
“The next few weeks will give us a really good barometer of how good we really are,” said Raemakers.
Senior George Ghazal was nominated as the boy’s varsity captain two weeks ago. Ghazal has had a strong start to the season with stellar individual scores.
Raemakers says that currently many of the boys are relying on high scorer Zach Dinverno.
Dinverno is well on his way to being one of the best bowlers to ever attend Lake Orion High School. He has been regularly putting out individual scores in the 200’s and High Series scores in the 400’s.
”He’s got a good shot at breaking most of the records for the boys,” said Raemakers. “He seems to put a lot of effort in.”
Coach Raemakers is hoping that the girls and boys teams can both build their enthusiasm and keep it up as they progress and “gel” together, especially when they get into matches.
Both the boy’s and girl’s teams have won all of their OAA matches thus far and are at the middle of the pack as far as tournament teams go.
The girls varsity team played in the L’Anse Cruise North Baker’s Dozen Tournament on Jan. 7 and took home the first place trophy after defeating opponents Walled Lake Northern, Warren Mott, Oxford and Stevenson.
They also competed in the Lila Jean Furnish Classic on Jan. 8 and took home the third place trophy out of 12 teams.
Consistent high scorers on the girl’s team are Hannah Mix and Lexi Babicz.
Freshman Cheyenne Washington has also been noted as a standout player to keep an eye on, said varsity girl’s coach Denny O’Neill.
“She will be an all star by the time she graduates,” said O’Neill of Cheyenne Washington.
The biggest upcoming competition for both the boys’ and girls’ teams are projected to be Farmington, Harrison, Clarkston and Oxford high schools.
Although Oxford is said to be a friendly competition, not only because many of the players have bowled with each other at Collier Lanes over the years, but also because both teams recognize and give their farewells to their senior players at the match.
The varsity boys’ and girls’ next home matches are against Clarkston on Jan. 19 at 3:15 p.m. at Collier Lanes in Oxford. Go Dragons!
By Georgia Thelen