The Harrison County High School bowling team lost five bowlers last year due to graduation. Four boys and one girl moved on to college or other endeavors after completing the four years at Harrison County High School.
Ashley Boyd, Justin Edens, Justin Mitchell, Zach Schneider and James Snapp will all be missed this year by the Fillies and Breds bowling teams.
However, one team’s loss is another’s gain in the case of Edens, Schneider and Snapp. Edens is bowling for Pikeville University this year while Schneider and Snapp are using their considerable talents with the Morehead State Eagles.
Schneider, you may recall, was only eight pins short of the final round in the state tournament last year finishing 10th overall.
So while the loss was severe, especially for the boys, Coach Petey Reynolds does not start with a bare cupboard this season.
In the second year of KHSAA-sanctioned bowling, Harrison County returns several veterans of the bowling wars.
The Fillies have back seniors Kelsi Caldwell, Mikayla Fryman and Becca Switzer to bring veteran leadership to the Fillies squad.
Caldwell was the leading scorer last season and is expected to pick up where she left off. Fryman and Switzer also were top bowlers last season so part of the eight bowlers who score each match are veteran seniors.
One newcomer, who is a transfer from Bryan Station, Shaylee Carter, had experience last year with the Lady Defenders and Reynolds expects her to contribute right away.
Andra Gaunce is back for her sophomore year and will be counted on to perform well enough to be in the eight scoring bowlers.
Three Vaughns make up the majority of the first-year bowlers. Seniors Chandra and Katlyn will bowl this year along with fourth grader Josie Mae.
Seventh grader Shelbi Morris and fifth grader Brooklyn Fryman make up the rest of the squad each of whom Reynolds is counting on to contribute during the season.
The Fillies were a fine 50-41 last year and hope to improve on that record this season.
The Thorobreds have only two seniors returning but both are experienced bowlers.
Joseph Bush and Michael Fryman will be counted upon heavily to bowl well and to provide the senior leadership for the team.
Fryman was out last season but has experience from the club bowling years to fall back on this season.
Freshman Gregory Dick and juniors Andrew Wills and Nathan Hyatt also are veterans who Reynolds believes will be major contributors.
While the rest of the boys are newcomers, all have bowled in the Saturday youth league where they gained valuable experience. Eighth grader Tanner Harney, freshman Ronnie Saxton and sophomore Dalton Parker are three who Reynolds believes could help out early.
Others who are working hard to bolster the Breds chances are fifth grader Austin Wilson, freshmen Will Hicks and Andrew Wiggins, and sophomore William Sievers.
The Breds had an outstanding 77-14 record last year so this team has a lot to live up to on the alleys.
The Harrison County squad traveled to Lexington Sunday and took a pair of matches from the Lexington Catholic teams. Both matches were won with the Harrison County team taking six of seven possible points.
Leading the way for the Fillies was freshman Shaylee Carter with a two-game total of 376.
She was followed by Switzer with 320, Fryman 316, Morris 304, Wilson 255, Caldwell 233, Gaunce 208 and Josie Vaughn 172. The Fillies scores in the baker games were 152 and 174.
A freshman also led the Breds on Sunday as Dick led the way with a two-game total of 451.
He was followed by sophomore Parker with 405. The remainder of the squad that bowled two games were seniors Bush 368 and Fryman 308.
Eight bowlers bowled in one match led by Andrew Wills who had 169 and Hyatt with 168. Ronnie Saxon had a 157, Andrew Wiggins 152, Tanner Harney 142, William Sievers 130, Austin Wilson 111 and Will Hicks 107.
Harrison County scored 208 and 206 in the baker games.
The next outing for the bowlers will be Saturday, Nov. 10, when they travel to Louisville for an early season test.