Fairfield bowlers get season rolling todayTrojans travel to take on Chiefs
Let’s get things rolling.
Fairfield High School bowlers begin competition today with a trip to Keokuk. This is the first of 10 meets before the conference tournament, which is being held in Washington this year, takes place on Feb. 15.
The key word for Fairfield’s first meet of this season is inexperience. There is only one returning varsity player for both the boys’ and the girls’ bowling teams. Cody Craff is returning to the boys’ team after demonstrating his skills on the lanes last season. Chet Vogt, Kenneth Boughner, Brayden Miller, Kyle Ruckman and Eric Swan will be joining Craff on the varsity squad to open up the season.
Vogt and Boughner are both seniors who are getting their first experience on the varsity team. Miller, Ruckman, and Swan are freshmen.
“We will need to overcome first match jitters from young players,” Fairfield bowling coach Lisa Greenig said. “Once the games begin, I expect the bowlers to settle in and find their confidence.”
On the girls’ side, Madelyn Swan is the only current starter with varsity experience. Jami Nelson, Taylor Marlay, Shannon Morrissey, Kylee Marlay and Sara Trent will be joining her in Keokuk. Nelson competed at the junior varsity level last season, but this is her first time on the varsity stage. Trent, Morrissey and both Marlay girls are freshmen.
Greenig and boys coach Bryan Marlay both predicted the strong class of incoming freshmen would have an impact on the team. Time has proven them wise. Seven of the starting 12 are freshmen.
Each bowling alley is different, so it will be important for the young bowlers to get their feet under them as quickly as possible.
“The hardest aspect of traveling is they will need to figure out different lane conditions from which they normally practice,” Greenig said.
The Trojans will get to test where they stand in the Southeast Conference by competing against Keokuk right away. The Southeast Conference is a little smaller when it comes to bowling, with only Fairfield, Keokuk, Mount Pleasant and Washington participating in the sport.
Today’s main event starts at 2 p.m.