Head coach Kyle Grogan begins his 4th year as coach of the LHS girls bowling team when they take to the lanes this Tuesday, November 17, facing off against the girls from St. Ursula Academy. The two teams will meet at the Crossgate Lanes in Blue Ash, Ohio – the house lanes for Loveland High School Bowling.
While his three year combined record as coach of the Lady Tiger bowling team is 31-26, Grogan coached the team to a 15-1 overall record last season. The team was 11-1 in Eastern Cincinnati Conference (ECC) bowling action earning the ECC league championship. That team finished ninth in the Sectional Tourney. One individual bowler advanced to District competition and earned Top 30 ranking across the board from among 120-plus bowlers. Ashley George and Grady Pettit graduated from that team.
Coach Grogan is looking to senior Ashley Gilker, who carried a148.2 average last season, to provide team leadership. He says “communication and leadership” are two of her biggest strengths. Yanni Kahr is a junior whose biggest strength is knocking down spares according to Grogan. Making those spares helped Kahr carry a 160.1 average last season.
It may come as a bit of a surprise to learn Grogan points to a senior as one of the key new team members. Senior Patricia Garny has shown a strong willingness to learn. In a more traditional newcomer role is freshman Audrey Osman whose persistence to get better helps make her a key new member this season for Coach Grogan.
Staying healthy will be a big key to the success of the team in this unique pandemic year. Grogan is concerned about the possibility of exhaustion resulting from competing in the bigger division this season. He expects West Clermont- 12/1 and 1/13, Lebanon- 1/6 and 2/2, and Turpin- 12/15 and 2/3 to be the three best teams they’ll meet on the lanes this season.
As the season opens Tuesday, November 17, Grogan is looking forward to some possible milestones along the way for members of the team.
“Yanni Kahr and Ashley Gilker have an opportunity to beat the schools High Game/High Series milestones,” said Grogan. “If they put all their hard work together they can definitely get the High Average.”
Follow all the strikes and spares with Coach Grogan on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/LadyTigerBowlin