Cedar Falls

  • BOYS' HEAD COACH - Brad Baker
  • GIRLS' HEAD COACH - Scott Holman
  • OUTLOOK - The Cedar Falls boys' bowling team will lean on Brandon Jerome and JP Juhlin as Jerome comes back to the team he had the second-highest average on as a freshman last year. But there are several holes to fill that head coach Brad Baker is looking for big things from newcomers Josh Bratels and Jackson Reynolds. "We will be young with the majority of our team being sophomores of freshmen. However, I do think we could suprise some teams. Our key to success will be consistency and continually making improvements," said head coach Brad Baker. The Tiger girls' team will be led by first-year coach Scott Holman. He will lead the ongoing rebuilding effort with several bowlers back who competed at last year's regional meet. Elizabeth Gerstkenkorn was Cedar Falls' top scorer at that meet and will be back as a junior while seniors Jessica Hinz and Christine Holman also return.


Nov. - 26. at Cedar Rapids Kennedy

Dec. - 6. vs. Waterloo East, 13. at Dubuque Senior, 20. vs. Cedar Rapids Jefferson

Jan. - 3. vs. Dubuque Hempstead, 10. vs. Linn-Mar, 17. at Cedar Rapids Xavier, 18. at Plaza Bowl Invitational, 24. vs. Cedar Rapids Washington, 31. vs. Cedar Rapids Prairie

Feb. - 7. at Dubuque Wahlert, 14. at Waterloo West, 18. Districts/Regionals


Waterloo Columbus

  • HEAD COACH - Brenton Kuchera
  • OUTLOOK - Both the boys and girls' bowling teams at Waterloo Columbus will return a wealth of talent and experience for the 2013-14 season.

The Sailor boys return all six starters while the girls are looking to replace just one. However, the one pair of shoes to fill is a big one as Columbus is now without Don Bosco's Jody Schares after her 12th-place finish at the Class 1A state meet last spring. Head coach Brenton Kuchera hopes returning varsity bowlers Maggie Weber, Abby Cousins, Erin Gilstrap, Melissa Schoer and Sami Graff. Charlotte Rodriguez and Hailee Ciesielski have JV experience and will be in the running for one of the varsity spots.

The Columbus boys' deep lineup is led by Blake Smith and Jacob Boleyn. Jake Weber, Jeff Horak, Matt Mahoney and Connor Halbmaier were also on the varsity squad last year.


Nov. - 26. at North Iowa

Dec. - 6. vs. AGWSR, 13. at Oelwein, 20. at West Delaware

Jan. - 10. vs. Tripoli, 17. vs. Forest City, 24. at Independence, 31. vs. Marion

Feb. - 7. at Vinton-Shellsburg, 14. vs. Waverly-Shell Rock, 18. Districts/Regionals


Waterloo East

  • HEAD COACH - Nikita Rainey-Thomas
  • OUTLOOK - The Waterloo East bowling program has had success in the past and will look to build on its tradition to get back to the state tournament.

The girls' squad returns all of its varsity bowlers, many for their senior seasons. Stefani Pacheco, Dena Little, Rachel Button are now the upperclassmen while Trista Edler is a junior and Ashley Cary and Josie Jacob are back for their sophomore seasons.

The boys' team won't be as deep, but plenty of experience still returns starting with seniors Logan Graham, Dantre Adams and Isaiah Thompson. Cody Smith figures to make the step up from JV to the varsity rotation.

"It's the start of a rebuilding year, but the expectation is still the same and we'll look for both the boys and girls to get to the state meet," said coach Nikita Rainey-Thomas. "The lineup is still rounding out and we'll look to a couple incoming freshmen and new bowlers. They're very coachable young men and will add a lot to our program."


Nov. - 26. vs. Cedar Rapids Xavier

Dec. - 6. at Cedar Falls, 13. vs. Dubuque Wahlert, 20. at Cedar Rapids Washington

Jan. - 6. vs. Iowa City West, 10. at Iowa City High, 17. vs. Dubuque Senior, 18. Plaza Bowl Invitational, 24. vs. Waterloo West, 30. at Cedar Rapids Kennedy

Feb. - 7. vs. Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 14. at Dubuque Hempstead, 18. Districts/Regionals


Waterloo West

  • HEAD COACH - Todd Bracken
  • OUTLOOK - Todd Bracken takes over coaching duties for the Wahawks and inherits a girls' team fresh off winning a Class 2A state championship and individual state champ Alexus Wilson entering her junior season. Jordan Newman, Amber Ovel, Makenzie Ruddy and Jennifer Reynoza all bowled on the squad that finished on top of the heap. Abbey Fangman, Katlyn Bracken and Rose Nelson will also be in the mix throughout the year.

The boys also have some experience and hope to get back to the state tournament after missing out last spring. Cameron Walker, Adam Jarchow, Andrew Gerst, Jon Blocker, Brandon Schmitz and Tim Fratzke all return as letterwinners while left-handed freshman Curtis Erickson could make a mark as well.

"I look for both squads to make a run for a conference title and state tournament qualification, with the girls trying to defend their state title from last year," Bracken said.


Nov. - 26. at Cedar Rapids Jefferson

Dec. - 6. vs. Dubuque Senior, 10. at Dubuque Hempstead, 14. at Ottumwa, 20. vs. Cedar Rapids Kennedy

Jan. - 3. at Cedar Rapids Washington, 10. vs. Cedar Rapids Prairie, 17. at Dubuque Wahlert, 24. at Waterloo East, 31. vs. Linn-Mar

Feb. - 7. at Cedar Rapids Xavier, 14. vs. Cedar Falls, 18. Districts/Regionals

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For East High Bowling Fans who have read the Bowling capsules on the upcoming season in the Courier today, I wanted you all to know that the highest returning average in the Metro and Captain and Anchor of the Trojan Bowling Team, Collin Weber is actually on the Team along with returning starter Brandon Fecht

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