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  • Experience key for Lansing bowling

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  • Team: Lansing bowling
    Last year’s top finishes: The boys’ team finished third at the 5A state meet, while the girls’ squad came in seventh place.
    Coach: Ed Fenton
    Key returnees:
    Brad Brown, senior; 23rd at state in 2012
    Bryan Courtney, senior; 27th at state last year
    CJ Perez, junior; 72nd at state last season
    John Bredehoeff, sophomore; 10th at state a year ago
    Dallas Castillo, junior; 65th at state last year
    Rachel Forbach, junior; 71st at state last season
    Natasha Kern, junior; 66th at state in 2012
    Katelyn Tollefson, junior; 64th in state a year ago
    Newcomers to watch:
    Austin Reynolds, senior
    Dustin Reynolds, freshman
    Curtis VanderStay, freshman
    Katherine Hoffpauer, junior
    Emily Smith, junior
    Kayla DeBlois, sophomore
    Amber Ketchum, freshman
    Team Outlook: Strengths — For both Lansing squads at least four Lions return from last year’s state placing teams, meaning experience is a huge plus for this year’s group.
    In fact, most of the team’s varsity members are either juniors or seniors, giving first-year coach Ed Fenton reason to feel good about Lansing’s leadership heading into the new season.
    Weaknesses — While experience and leadership will be strong points for the Lions, both the girls and boys lost valuable anchors in Domanique Cary and Lori Angello to graduation.
    “We’ll be looking for our new players to fill some pretty big shoes if we want to improve on our results from last year,” Fenton said of replacing the two Lansing alums.
    Big meets: Jan. 24 at Olathe East; Jan. 28 at Mill Valley; Feb. 19 vs. Leavenworth; Feb. 22-23 at 5A regional meet
    Coach says: “Having both squads place so well at state last year and having the majority of those players returning this year raises expectations for this season.
    We have a nice group of hardworking kids and supportive parents here at Lansing with a tradition of doing well at state. I think we have a good opportunity to continue and maybe even improve upon our success there.”
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