GALION — Victory Lanes in Galion will be the home of the Northmor Golden Knights bowling squads again for the 2017-2018 season. Russ Montgomery will once again lead the Knights to lanes around the area for his sixth season as the Northmor head coach.
A season ago, Montgomery saw his girls team finish 14-6, 6-4 in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Blue Division, and end their season finishing eighth at the OHSAA Division II State Bowling Tournament. The boys team from Northmor did not fare as well at 5-15 overall and winless in the MOAC Blue at 0-10.
Two of the girls from that state placing team have graduated but the Lady Knights will return a wealth of experience this season. Caitlin Adkins, first-team all-conference and Shelbey Lilly, second-team all-conference, graduated last spring. Northmor made it to the state match after a second place finish at sectionals and a third place finish at districts. Sam Eichorn, honorable mention MOAC Blue, graduated from the boys team.
That girls team will be returning four all-conference honorees from a season ago.
Seniors Chloe Meier, Sara Drumm, Sammy Grogg and Alexis Yarnell will all be back on the lanes for the Lady Knights in 2017-2018. Grogg earned an honorable mention nod last season while Meier, Drumm and Yarnell all finished as second-team all-conference members. Yarnell was also named to the all-Ohio squad.
Other bowlers returning for coach Montgomery are: Tori Carver, Sarah Dudley and Ricky Borders.
“This group of seniors are mentoring the younger bowlers and showing good leadership,” states the head coach. “The boys team is really young and they are looking to gain experience over the next couple of years in order to improve.”
Northmor’s season kicks off on Saturday, November 18 at the Victory Lanes Warm-up Tourney in Galion. KMAC competition begins on Saturday, December 2 with a trip to faceoff against the Highland Fighting Scots.
“Winning the league is always the primary goal. Finding a way to win the close matches is a priority. If the bowlers believe in themselves and their abilities, they’ll do well,” concludes Montgomery.
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