Waukon bowling teams each return handful of letterwinners, have some holes to fill for 2021-2022 campaigns

2021-2022 Waukon girls bowling team ... Left to right - Front row: Mia Huffey, Haley Rochin, Taylor Howard, Abby Wiemerslage, Hayden Holzwarth; Back row: Molly Peake, Mercedes Wilkins, manager Jenn Kloke, Cara Mickelson, Lauryn Howard, Maya Dahlstrom, Serenity Finney. Not pictured: Cloee Hammel, Rose Benda, Kyah O’Neill.

2021-2022 Waukon boys bowling team ... Left to right - Front row: Ethan Brainard, Chase Boydston, Cody Huinker, Tyler Jones, Logan Lubahn; Back row: Dekotah Bechtel, Logan Troendle, Joe Kubitz, Brady Peterson, Cael Rethwisch, John Blake, Gabe Goettel. Not pictured: Jonnie Jordan.

The Waukon boys and girls bowling teams each return enough bowlers with varsity letterwinning experience to form a strong nucleus for their respective 2021-2022 campaigns, but each also graduated a strong core of four bowlers who rolled leadership roles on last year’s squads that will need to be filled this winter.

Another leadership role even higher up on the Tribe’s bowling totem pole is also in need of replacement this season, as inaugural head bowling coach Jerry Keenan has stepped down from that role after the first five seasons of the program, although he is still assisting the program with its transition to its new head coach, Kim Shelton, who brings a multi-generational experience level around the bowling lanes with her to the program.

“I’ve been bowling since I was 20 years old,” the new Indian head coach shared. “Both my parents bowled, as well as my grandparents. My husband, son and daughter also bowl.”

Greeting this season’s new head coach is a collection of 27 bowlers overall, including a team of 14 girls and an overall young group of 13 boys. Both have returning letterwinning cores of around a half-dozen bowlers, with the girls squad being a bit more senior-oriented than that of the boys squad but both teams fielding senior leadership that Coach Shelton says is essential to the continued overall success of the program.

“I would like for all senior bowlers to step up and lead the team,” she said. “I would like them to help with the younger bowlers to help them improve.”

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