Girls Bowling: Lady Hubs return to the lanes

Senior Carly Summers is one of several players returning to the Rochelle Lady Hub varsity bowling team this winter. (Photo by Russell Hodges)

Rochelle varsity team opens season against Morris on Nov. 29

ROCHELLE — The Rochelle Lady Hub varsity bowling team finished the shortened 2020-21 season with only four players on the roster. With more than twice that number of bowlers out for the team this winter, second-year head coach Eric Widick has high hopes for the Lady Hubs.

“I have three of my four players from last season coming back and I have a few other girls who had previously bowled who are coming back,” Widick said. “We have some freshman and sophomore additions as well and I’m really excited about that. I’ll have more flexibility and I think the girls will be more motivated to push each other, which will be a big help for us.”

The Lady Hubs return three varsity players from this past season including seniors Carly Summers, Alyssa Schwanert and sophomore Faith Adams. Seniors Alyssa Mickley and Anna Samo are also back in the fold this winter, while freshman Cassidy Vincent is one of multiple newcomers to the team. Rochelle opens its season at Morris on Monday, Nov. 29 a 4 p.m.

“My philosophy is that we’re a team and we win and lose as a team,” Widick said. “I expect my upperclassmen to be leaders and help our younger girls along. Whether they’re bowling well or not, I want my upperclassmen to motivate them and keep them excited about the game.”

Rochelle will look to build on a condensed 2020-21 season in which the Lady Hubs finished 3-8 overall while placing sixth in the Oregon Hawk Classic and fifth in the Interstate 8 Conference meet. With a larger schedule this winter that will feature roughly twice as many meets, Widick said his goals include seeing the Lady Hubs earn a top-4 finish in the conference this fall.

“Some of my freshmen and sophomores coming in are pretty good and I think we can surprise a lot of people this year,” Widick said. “Last year was a learning curve for the girls and for me. The girls were adjusting to me and I was adjusting to coaching high school bowling. My returning players are still learning some of the things I incorporated in last season and my new bowlers are showing us that they’re eager to learn what we’re trying to teach them.”