On Thursday, February 8, Loveland bowling took on Deer Park on senior night. The team found one of their greatest wins, beating Deer Park 2316 to 1795. Although the team sits in the middle of the Eastern Cincinnati Conference (ECC), they have found considerably increased success compared to past seasons.
Senior Gabe O’Nan bowled the best average, with a score of 185.5 between the two games against Deer Park. Senior Mikey Palma rolled the best single game with a score of 191. They were among four Loveland Varsity senior bowlers honored at the match. Scott Carpenter, Sam Dzigel, Wyatt French, Gabe O’Nan, Mikey Palma and Katie Eha were honored with posters, food and a speech from assistant athletic director Brain Conatser.
In 2015, Loveland men’s Varsity bowling ended with a conference record of 2-12, a spot above Withrow’s 0-14. However, in the seasons since, Loveland has steadily climbed rank. This year the team sits in fourth place with a conference record of 5-6 win/loss and 9-9 overall. This is the highest overall PCT in six years.
“[The team] is much better– we are the best we have been since I first started 4 years ago. We overcame the loss of some good players from last year. Most of our team, including varsity, is made up of new players,” bowler Mikey Palma told Loveland Magazine.
As the season nears an end with the Loveland Varsity bowlers taking on West Clermont Wednesday, the 14th at 3:30 PM at Crossgate Lanes and will compete in sectionals the following week. The team will likely remain in the middle of the ECC pack. However, team members still see the season as a triumph.
“[The season highlight] was probably our match against Milford. We shot the best team score since our coach started. We barely lost the match, but it was still impressive. We are much better than the last year or two, however, the competition is much better as well,” senior Gabe O’Nan claimed.