The Pirates bowling squad will look to improve on the success of last season during the 2016-2017 campaign, which begins this afternoon.
The boy’s team went 11-3-3 overall and 6-1-3 in the Freedom, winning the Group 1 Sectional title.
The boy’s season ended with an 8th place finish at states.
The 2016-2017 season begins this afternoon against division opponent Bordentown and expectations are high for both squads.
Head coach Anthony Faltz will do his best to keep the bowlers focused on one match at a time.
“Everyone is charged up. The boys want to have a repeat of last year. They want to go all the way this year. The girls look at the boys and want to do as well.”
“I told them, ‘you need to have fun, you need to have a clean game, and you need to enjoy yourselves.’ Bowling to me is 10 percent skill and 90 percent attitude. You can be the best bowler, but if your head’s not in it, you’re not going to have a good game. They see how their attitude affects their game.”
Faltz said that his numbers overall are up this year compared to last and he attributes that to the success the program enjoyed in 2015-2016.
“I really am impressed with the kids. I’m happy with the program growing larger and larger. If they’re willing to come out and keep working, then I plan on keeping them. To have kids start practicing from freshman year, it helps the program grow. The success from last year has motivated both squads. They want to leave their mark.”
The girl’s squad has two of five varsity bowlers returning this year. The other three graduated. The boy’s squad has five of six bowlers who saw varsity time returning.
“For my varsity girls I have two returners from last year and 10 girls total,” Faltz said. “They are working hard and have been improving.”
“I have five out of six returning boys from last year’s varsity squad. Some of my JV squad that have been with me for the last couple years have shown a lot of improvement. Typically I have six varsity players I can pull from, but right now I have at least eight on the boy’s side.”
Faltz and assistant coach Megan McGinley have been focusing on clean games during the pre-season.
“Everyone likes to see the strike,” Faltz said. “It’s like in baseball, everyone wants to hit it out of the park, but I want to get you a single. That’s what we’ve been focusing on. They need to pick up their spares. They need to make sure their opens are at a minimum to splits. A clean game will lead to the pin count that we need.”
Cinnaminson holds its home matches at Laurel Lanes in Maple Shade.
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