The West Deptford boys' bowling team pins its hopes on a couple of years of growth culminating into a big season in 2012-13.
At least through two games, they have gotten off to a fast start.
The boys' bowling squad cruised through its first two games of the season, defeating Seneca last week and Bishop Eustace on Tuesday to open the season up 2-0. It is a welcome change for a team that totaled just four wins in all of 2011-12.
The core of the Eagles boys' bowling team has been together for a few years now. Jimmy Albert, Nick Grassi and Brandon Miller are all in their senior seasons and are expected to do big things for this team moving forward. Albert led the team in its victory over Seneca, rolling a 246 in his final game. It was his highest score since his perfect game last February. Though overshadowed a bit by Albert's score, Grassi also threw 204 in his first game against Seneca and a 197 in his second.
Miller was the guiding force in the Eagles' second match of the season. He had a high series of 633, bowling a pair of 200-pin games. So far, he has totaled 200 pins in three of six games bowled this season.
The Eagles girls' team rebounded from an loss in its opener against Seneca to defeat Bishop Eustace. For a second straight season, West Deptford has a new look lineup. Senior Morgan Brown and sophomore Maddie Miller are the only returning starters to the West Deptford lineup.
Brown, who is one of the top female bowlers in South Jersey, recorded a 622 and 612 series, respectively, against Seneca and Bishop Eustace. She topped 200 pins four out of six games so far this season.
Miller, who emerged as a breakout freshman last season, has become a solid second-option behind Brown. She bowled a solid 497 series, which included a high-game of 179, against Seneca.
The question remains on whether one of the Eagles' newest bowlers—Kristin Barger, Liz Pass, Melissa McCole or Marielis Rios-Serrano—can become a factor down the stretch this season and take some of the pressure off of Brown and Miller.
Both teams are in action on Thursday afternoon as they will take on Gloucester County Institute of Technology in their third match of the season.
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