Cheektowaga girls bowling starts season with 5-1 mark
Co-coaches Dan Kaplan and Jerry Carroll have steered the Cheektowaga bowling team to a 5-1 record this season. They were unbeaten going into their match against the defending division champs, Maryvale, whom they lost to 5-2.
"Our girls bowled very well versus Maryvale," said Kaplan, who is in his 14th year at Cheektowaga. "Maryvale is one of the top two teams in the area. To go toe-to-toe with them, I was pretty proud of them."
Cheektowaga's "B" team won the Game Two by 10 pins while their "A" team won by one, but the Warriors just could not keep up in Games One and Three.
"We were both undefeated, so we knew it would be a tough match," said Megan Dulniak. "We didn't do as well as we're capable of doing. We just have to pick up our spares and stop leaving easy pins on the lane."
"Losing to Maryvale was kind of a hard defeat, but I know we're going to get right back up," said junior Melissa Myers. "We have an awesome team this year and I'm excited to see what's in store for us."
The Warriors are coming off of an impressive season, and they are hoping to continue to build from the many wins they had last season.
"We were 9-3 last year," said sophomore Shelby Kirst. "But we‚ve came a long way since then."
"This year, we've actually came out really strong," said Myers. "Last year, we came out strong, too, but this year we've actually came out with a big bang."
With only one loss halfway through the season, Cheektowaga hopes they can continue to play at a high level so when they meet up with Maryvale again, a share of the division is on the line.
"Being up a game with only one game between the two remaining advantage to Maryvale," said Kaplan. "But we have a second game, so hopefully now we can beat them a second time to split the division."