Niagara Gazette —
Coach Dave Sicoli said his team's goals would be to finish above .500, compete better in league play and defend their sectional crown.
The boys team will start a different title defense today. They won the 2011 Kickoff Tournament.
Last year's girls team finished .500 and lost three seniors, but returning captain Amber Wade and fellow senior Kristie Peters should bring stability despite the losses.
Also returning is sophomore Alexis Wade, who qualified for states as an eighth grader but sat out last season.
"She's back with a vengeance this year," Sicoli said. "In her first practice, she bowled a 748 series and completely wowed us."
"The key is playing in the tough NFL," added Sicoli, who's in his fifth year coaching at Lew-Port. "The tough NFL schedule prepares us for sectionals. Even if we don't qualify for states, Tyler, Josh and Alexis could all make states."
The Vikings finished toward the bottom of the NFL on both the boys and girls sides last season, but neither team lost any bowlers from last season. Senior-laden squads on both sides could provide an advantage in experience and a boost in the standings.
"Everybody lost seniors last year, and I have everybody coming back," coach Craig Davis said.
Leading the boys team will be returning seniors Tyler Mondoux, Sam Colao and A.J. Brink, as well as junior Quinn Corrao, who averaged a 204 last year. Also returning to the team after a one-year absence is senior Joe Torregrossa, who Davis said might end up with the highest average on the team this season.
The girls team will be led by senior Aurora De, who averaged a 162 last year. Also returning are senior Lauren Cook and junior Lindsey Spiker.