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November 28, 2012

High school bowlers prepare for battle in top local league

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The lone senior on the team, Samantha Templeton, doesn't see much starting time but plays an unselfish role coming in off the bench.

"It's tough to tell who's going to be our top girl out of about four or five of them," NF coach Ed Ventry said. "They've all improved to the point where they can definitely make up for (Seiwel and Maurer)."

The boys team lost one of the top threesomes in the league last year in Steve Conklin, Tyler Favorite and Richie Maslen, but will look to make up pins with young bowlers and key returners.

Ventry named freshman Michael Blackburn as an up-and-comer to watch and said that junior Chris Simmons, who bowled as a freshman but took last season off, had the ability to be one of the top boys in the league.

"He could be one of the top guys in the NFL, if not the section," Ventry said. "He's a very strong bowler, and him coming back should definitely help replace some of the guys we lost."

Junior Tristan Michell and seniors Mike Overbeck, David Griffin and Tim Rick will add experience and depth for the Wolverines.

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The Falcons' boys team, which tied with Kenmore West for the NFL title and finished seventh in states last season, will have to offset the loss of last year's No. 1, Matt Passero, who was first team All-NFL and had the second highest average in the league in 2011. They'll also miss Brandon Sokol, who served as the sixth man on last year's Section VI champs.

They'll be led this year by a pair of seniors in captain Colten Kitcho and assistant captain Anthony Mangione, who made first team All-NFL last season with a 208 average. Also in the mix will be eighth grader Nate Maloney, who made second team All-NFL with a 206 average as a seventh grader.

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