Cedar Falls



OUTLOOK—After placing sixth at the Class 3A state tournament a season ago, Coach Brad Baker believes the Tiger boys have enough talent to get back this year. Despite the loss of leadoff man Nick Hanson, the Tigers return five seniors, led by Avery Bauer, who finished with a 202 average during the 2016-17 season. Andrew Nickey, who rolled a team-best 431 at state, also returns ... The girls’ team, which has a healthy mix of new and veteran talent, will be led by seniors Abby Laures, Megan McDonnell and Shae Stotser.

2017-18 schedule

Nov. 21—Dubuque Wahlert

Dec. 1—Cedar Rapids Xavier, Dec. 8—at I.C. West, Dec. 15—at Waterloo East, Dec. 19—Waterloo West

Jan. 5—Dubuque Hempstead, Dec. 12—at Cedar Rapids Washington, Dec. 13—at Clinton Invite, Dec. 19—at Cedar Rapids Prairie, Dec. 26—Cedar Rapids Kennedy

Feb. 2—Dubuque Senior, Dec. 9—at Iowa City High, Dec. 13—Regionals at Cedar Falls.

Waterloo Columbus

HEAD COACH—Brenton Kuchera

OUTLOOK—For the first time in years, the Sailors look to be stronger on the girls’ side than the boys’. Top returning scorers Jennifer Weber and Addisen Lytle will help lead a “very exciting” core group for Coach Brenton Kuchera. Kuchera is also anticipating big leaps from junior Lucy Klein and sophomore Laura McCartney among others ... Enduring “a bit of a rebuild” on the boys’ side, Kuchera will lean on senior Cole Weber, as the Sailors try to get several former JV bowlers acclimated to competing at the varsity level.

2017-18 schedule

Nov. 21—Charles City

Dec. 1—at Waverly Shell-Rock, Dec. 8—Tripoli, Dec. 15—at Forest City

Jan. 5—Denver, Jan. 12—at Waukon, Jan. 19—Sumner-Fredericksburg, Jan. 26—North Fayette, Jan. 27—Decorah

Feb. 2—at Oelwein, Feb. 10—Columbus Tournament

Waterloo East

HEAD COACH—Michael Weber

OUTLOOK—Though graduation took a major toll on its depth, Coach Michael Weber says his girls’ team “is not too worried about putting ourselves in a position to get back to state,” and with good reason. The Trojans still have plenty of talent returning from a squad that took second at last season’s 2A tournament. Sophomore Soleil Morgan and junior Ashlee Snapp are back after placing third and 10th individually at state. Sophomore Abigail Williams also returns, but East was forced to part with three bowlers that competed on the state roster ... On the boys’ side, Weber says his young team “has got a long ways to go before being state competitive.” While a young group adjusts to competing at the varsity level, he plans to rely heavily on junior Braden Schmidt, his top returner.

2017-18 schedule

Nov. 28—at Dubuque Hempstead

Dec. 1—Cedar Rapids Washington, Dec. 8—at Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Dec. 15—Cedar Falls, Dec. 19—at Cedar Rapids Jefferson

Jan. 5—Iowa City West, Jan. 12—Linn-Mar, Jan. 13—at Clinton Invite, Jan. 16—at Waterloo East, Jan. 26—Dubuque Wahlert

Feb. 2—Cedar Rapids Prairie, Feb. 9—at Cedar Rapids Xavier

Waterloo West

HEAD COACH—Todd Bracken

OUTLOOK—Coach Todd Bracken thinks both his teams can return to state this year, but admits one has a clearer path. The boys’ team looks to be in prime position to improve on its fourth-place 3A finish from a year ago, as all six state bowlers are back this year. Sophomore Tristan Corcoran, who placed ninth overall at state, will likely be the team’s top roller, while junior JP Richmond and seniors Michael Buehner and Dalton Draeger will provide needed leadership ... The girls, also coming off a fourth-place finish at state, won’t have as much back, losing two state bowlers, including top finisher Abbey Fangman. Senior starters Kira Gilbert and Marissa Gates will look to step into the leadership role vacated by Fangman.


Nov. 21—at Cedar Rapids Washington

Dec. 1—at Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Dec. 5—Cedar Rapids Prairie, Dec. 9—at Cedar Rapids Prairie Baker Invitational (G), Dec. 12—vs. Dubuque Senior, Dec. 16—at Cedar Rapids Prairie Baker Invitational (B), Dec. 19—at Cedar Falls

Jan. 5.—at Cedar Rapids Xavier, Jan. 9—Dubuque Wahlert, Jan. 16—Waterloo East, Jan. 26—at Linn-Mar

Feb. 2—at Cedar Rapids Jefferson, Feb. 6—Iowa City High