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Frontier girls bowling aiming high, taking steps toward it

From day one of this season, Mark Scudder supplied his Frontier girls bowling team with the scores that won both the sectional and state championships last season.

He wanted them to have something to shoot for, as his team’s 12 bowlers worked to become more consistent. A perennial-power for years, Frontier is looking to see what it takes to get back to that point.

Coming off a rare under .500 season, at 4-6, the Falcons opened the season with a 2-2 mark and took third at the Maryvale Invitational earlier in the season.

“Developing consistency in mechanics and their approach to picking up spares are our goals in practice,” said Scudder, the second year head coach. “A majority of our bowlers have the ability to score 175 or higher. The challenge we face is that our lows can be dangerous lows.”

Scudder is hoping to build the consistency with the help of his three senior captains, Kim Klinger, the team’s leader in scores and through her example, and Courtney Leone and Kara Swan, both emotional leaders and mentors to the younger bowlers at Frontier, according to their coach.

Klinger’s 197 average has her in the top three in the ECIC Large Schools South Division. She also scored the high series (661) at the Maryvale Tournament and led the Falcons to an upset of previously-unbeaten Lancaster. Leone anchors the “B” team with a 174 average and the ability to string together strikes, while Swan’s personal-best series is 560.

Sophomore Katie Good is second on the team with a 177 average as she returned this season as a top member of the “A” team. She’s reached at least a 500-series in every competition this season. Accompanying her, leading off the “A” has been junior Kara Ktysczuk (171), who’s got the highest spare conversion percentage on the squad.

Joining the “A’ team is eighth grader Brittany McAndrews, who’s averaging a 168 and was named to the all-tournament team at the Festival of Lights Tournament over the holiday break. Scudder said McAndrews has the potential to become a top 5 bowler in the division sooner rather than later.

Junior Kayla Miller has changed the approach to her throw and reaped the benefits, recording a 145 average so far, while Chelsea Simmeth has improved to a 155 average as part of the “B” team after starting tryouts posting scores only around 100. Scudder said Simmeth is coach-able and responds well to the pressure of competition.

First-year eighth grader Taylor Garland has gained confidence and just recently put up a 171 against Lancaster. MacKenzie Yesis, the team’s youngest member as a seventh grader, has recorded a 140 average. Also contributing are sophomores Shelby Sailer, who’s in her second season, and Marina Malazia, a rookie.


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