Clay’s Green Team finished second in the 16-team Toledo Metro Bowling League after the league’s first 10-week session.
Another winner will be crowned following the second 10-week session, which ends Jan. 4 at Southwyck Lanes. The third session is followed by a four-team playoff, which begins after the conclusion of the regular season on March 14.
The Green Team finished second behind Bowsher after the first 10 weeks and consists of senior David Scott, junior Austin VanNest, Kagen Schroyer, a senior from Bedford High, and freshman Jacob Koles.
Clay, a club bowling program coached by Ron Koles, has two varsity teams and one junior varsity team.
Clay’s Gold Team, consisting of senior sisters Harleigh and Cooper Isbell and Bedford senior Spencer Sevrence, is also having a good season. Because the Gold has three members instead of four, it will receive a “vacancy” score of 160 at the end of the season. The Gold placed fifth after the first 10-week session.
“I’m thinking the Gold Team will probably be a wild card (in the playoffs),” coach Koles said. “The Green Team will be one of the top four (qualifiers). We have a chance to win this second session. We’re only three points behind Bowsher after (last Saturday), after we beat Maumee 18-9.”
The Green Team faced Bowsher in the first-session finals and lost by 10 points, using a point system. Shroyer carries a 217 average to lead Clay’s Green Team, followed by Scott (202), Jacob Koles (183) and Van Nest (181).
“Austin has probably had the biggest improvement this season,” coach Koles said. “He’s been with me since he was a freshman. He only averaged 130 as a freshman; three years later he’s improved his average a good 40-50 pins. When you bowl with better bowlers, you tend to do better. The varsity division is a lot better than the junior varsity division.”
Coach Koles said his son Jacob, who is left-handed, has raised his average 20-25 pins this season.
“He’s improved,” Ron Koles said. “He doesn’t want to do bad because he knows his dad will be on his case.”
Coach Koles said Scott, who has a “real high backswing and really hooks the ball,” needs to work on his consistency.
“He’s more controlled than he has been in the past,” Koles said. “I think he should be around 217 average-wise. He throws a lot of balls, but he’s been kind of inconsistent up until this year. If he practiced on being more consistent, he’d be a lot better.”
Schroyer is the Green Team’s most consistent bowler, according to Koles.
“Kagen’s had that (217) average for the past couple years,” he said. “He’s the guy you want throwing last, because you know he’s going to throw a strike. He’s consistent. He has a standard game, but he can hook it if he wants to. He’s got a good game.”
Sevrence has a team-best 205 average on the Gold Team, followed by Harleigh Isbell (197) and Cooper Isbell (183).
“Spencer is more or less like David Scott,” Koles said. “He hooks the ball a lot. He holds the City record for a youth bowler at Jugs, with an 868 series, last year in the Traveling League.”