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New faces key to Carroll girls’ repeated bowling success

Published Jan. 2 at 5:03 p.m. | Last updated Jan. 2 at 5:04 p.m.

Bishop Carroll’s girls bowlers have won five City League titles since 2000, the most of any team in the league.

The Eagles also won a Class 5A championship during that span.

This season will perhaps be the most challenging for Carroll, as there will be many new faces in the lineup. But the Eagles will lean on the tradition that has been built.

“We’re proud to be able to bowl at Bishop Carroll,” Danielle Hamilton said. “This year’s team wants to carry on the tradition of success. We have so much pride in bowling here.”

Carroll lost three bowlers to graduation, two of which were three-year lettermen. There will be several young players counted on for scores this season.

“The key for our success will be if the other five bowlers can score consistently,” Carroll coach Jim Nance said. “I have five freshmen and three sophomores and of my 12 bowlers, only three have varsity experience.”

One of those three returning players is two-time state champion Hollyann Johansen, who won state as a freshman and sophomore, but took seventh last season.

“When you have a bowler like Hollyann to build around, you are always going to have a chance at success,” Nance said. “She will be the focus of our team, no question.”

Johansen, who led the City League in scoring average at 217 pins per game, spent much of her offseason working on the mental side of bowling. She wanted to put herself in match-like environments.

“Instead of practicing by myself, I practiced with a group,” said Johansen, who plans to bowl at Wichita State next year. “In high school bowling, there are so many distractions. So I thought the best way for me to get better is putting myself in those situations.”

According to Hamilton, finishing the season with more momentum is important for Carroll. While the Eagles won their regional, they didn’t play well and that carried over to the state tournament the following week.

“We kind of fell apart towards the end of the season last year,” Hamilton said. “I don’t think our inexperience will be a factor as long as we stick together as a team.”

TOP CITY LEAGUE BOWLERS

Carroll — Jamel Gunther, sr.; Gus Morgan, sr.

East — Bailey Henry, jr.; Aspen Herzberg, so.; Michael Faldet, sr.; Zach Lytle, sr.

Heights — Brett Carroll, sr.; Becca King, jr.; Shelby Burns, sr.; Katy Murrish, sr.

Kapaun — Liz Dwyer, sr.; Conner Renollet, so.; Ashley Ensign, so.

North — Tyler Smith, jr.; Brian Zehr, sr.; Kayla McCaffree, sr.; Amanda Bullard, jr.

Northwest — Lane Stanberry, so.; Cody Hubbard, jr.; Taryn Whitmer, sr.

South — Cassie Edgar, so.; Kolton Mayer, sr.; Alexis Shear, fr.

Southeast — Hannah Hull, sr.; Casey Bennett, sr.; Josiah Wilson, jr.; Daniel Morrison, so.; Derick Holmes, sr.

West — John Oberg, jr.; Davin Daignult, sr.; Gabby Arma, jr.; Hayley Jarnagin, so.