|VALLEY SPORTS REPORT: WAVERLY'S BOWMAN TOPS "SUPER 7" AS "BOWLER OF THE YEAR" (2018-03-18)
Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — Waverly senior Cassy Bowman led the IAC girls in scoring average, and earned her first trip to States to earn the Valley Sports Report’s 2017-18 “Bowler of the Year” honors.
Bowman led the IAC girls for the second consecutive season with a 198.35 average — more than 14.5 pins better than the second-highest average. She threw a league-high series of 719 and a high game of 278.
Bowman, a three-time “Super 7” selection, won the Section IV, Class B gold medal, and finished fourth at the Section IV, State Qualifier. She finished 49th at the New York State Championships.
Waverly 7th-grader Zach Vanderpool is the 2017-18 “Newcomer of the Year.”
Vanderpool finished 10th in the IAC this season with a 197.76 average. He had a high series of 701, and a high game of 278. He finished 25th at the IAC Championships, and 26th at the Section IV, State Qualifier.
The 2017-18 "All-Valley Super 7" are as follows:
Cassy Bowman, senior, Waverly: See above.
Jake Robertson, senior, Tioga: A three-time “Super 7” selection, Robertson led the IAC boys with a 217.67 average. He threw the third-highest series of season in the league with a 743, and had a high game of 279.
Robertson, a two-time state qualifier, finished fourth at the IAC Championships, and was 21st at the Section IV State Qualifier.
Nick Briggs, senior, Waverly: A two-time “Super 7” selection, Briggs was second in the IAC with a 213.88 average. He rolled the second-highest series in the IAC with a 749, and had a high game of 268.
He won a Section IV, Class B Championship gold medal. He was 24th at the IAC Championships, and eight at the Section IV State Qualifier to earn his first trip to the New York State Championships, where he finished 42nd.
Derrick Canfield, sophomore, Waverly: Canfield, last year’s “Newcomer of the Year,” finished fifth in the IAC with a 205.9 average. He rolled a high series of 732, and a high game of 267.
Canfield was 11th at the IAC Championships, and ninth at the Section IV State Qualifier, missing the final spot on the Section IV team by 1 pin. He went to States as an alternate.
Jason Sherman, junior, Tioga: Sherman finished sixth in the IAC with a 202.53 average. He had a high series of 696, with a high game of 267.
He finished 22nd at the IAC Championships, and was 28th at the Section IV State Qualifier.
Taylor Robertson, junior, Tioga: Robertson finished fourth among IAC girls with a 170.3 average. She finished 22nd at the Section IV State Qualifier.
Zach Vanderpool, 7th-grader, Waverly: See above.
It was another outstanding season for the Valley bowling teams with the Waverly boys and girls, and Tioga boys all winning division titles, and the Tioga girls finishing second, just one game behind Candor.
As I gaze into the crystal ball, the 2018-19 season could look much different for all four teams.
Tioga: The Tigers graduate three starters, including one of the best in program history in Jake Robertson, but will have several quality bowlers returning, led by junior Jason Sherman, and sophomore Kolton Pond.
The key for Tioga will be the continued development of 8th-grader Dylan Slater, junior Mason Trollman, and junior A.J. Middendorf, who all saw some action in the top six this season.
Of the four Valley teams, the Tigers have the best chance to repeat this season’s success in 2018-19, but it will be more difficult without the depth they’ve enjoyed the last two seasons.
Waverly: The Wolverines defied the odds, and overcame doubters to win another Large School title in 2017-18, but did it with five bowlers carrying the vast majority of the workload.
Waverly returns just two of those top five next year in sophomore Derrick Canfield, and 7th-grader Zach Vanderpool. Otherwise, the highest returning average is 143.
The Wolverines will need big improvements from their returning bowlers, or will need to pull another prodigy or two like Vanderpool out of the junior ranks to stay atop the IAC.
Tioga: The Lady Tigers only lose one senior in Emily Birney, who was second on the team, from a team that finished just one game behind division-winning Candor.
Junior Taylor Robertson should be among the best in the IAC, and junior Mackenzie Robinson is a breakout candidate in 2018-19.
If sophomores Mackenzie Macumber and Bailey Elston continue to improve, and another consistent bowler emerges, Tioga could return to the top of the Small School ranks for the first time in three years.
Waverly: The Lady Wolverines won their 15th consecutive Large School title, again defying the expectations of a few pundits.
Keeping the streak alive in 2018-19 could the toughest chore Waverly has ever faced, considering its loses its top two bowlers, including state qualifier Cassy Bowman.
Waverly returns six girls from this year’s team, including sophomore Mackenzie Plouse, who could be one of the top bowlers in the IAC the next two years, as well as 7th-grader Victoria Houseknecht, and junior Sarah Uhl, who each improved by leaps-and-bounds over the course of this season.
Like the boys, they’ll need improvement from their returners, and / or an infusion of youth from the junior ranks to remain atop the IAC.