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West Delaware’s 2019-20 girls’ bowling team; front from left, Kyleigh Marsden, Lacey Cole, Kaliah Griffin, Hannah Axline, Lorna Niedert and Kaley Pettlon; second row, Lydia Heims, Alexus Riley, Madison Shontz, Jordan McDowell, Emma Massman, Christianna Maestas and Jasmine Ibarra; back row, coach Ken Boesenberg, Katelyn Scott, Illiana Rohlf-McGraw, Kennedy Rees, Grace Reth, Regan Rucker, Molly Mullis, Mary Pederson and coach Susan Morris.

After missing the Class 2A State Bowling Tournament last season, the West Delaware girls’ team will be looking for a chance to reign on top once again. All six bowlers from last year’s varsity team are returning with another year of experience under their belts.

A year ago, the Hawks averaged a total team score of 2,444.2, an individual average of 165.6 and a baker average of 157.6. Their head coach, Ken Boesenberg, is coming into his 12th season at the head of the team. His career record is 179-41.

“This year’s team will be very experienced and battle-tested,” he said. “At this point, four of the top six are three and four-year varsity starters. They will be looked upon to be the leaders for the rest of the team.”

The six returning bowlers from last year’s team are Lacey Cole, Kaliah Griffin, Kyleigh Marsden, Kaley Pettlon, Lorna Niedert and Hannah Axline.

“I have 19 girls out this season,” Boesenberg said, “so senior leadership will be very important as we move through the season to develop the younger talent.”

West Delaware has a winning history. Boesenberg believes that there are a lot of good things to like about this team and not a lot to dislike.

“Honestly, I see no real weaknesses in this team,” he said. “In the end, it comes down to converting spares, and every team across the state has to work on that aspect of the game.”

Eastern Iowa has some solid bowling teams, but the Hawks are looking to rise back to the top. Boesenberg thinks that they will be competing to defend their 2018-19 WaMac Tournament title and get back to the state tournament.

“I would say that Maquoketa will be very good again this year as will West Delaware,” he said. “I think we will be right in the mix to try and defend our WaMac Tournament title.”