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Six letter winners to lead Trojans, Women of Troy in bowling

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High bowling program will be led by six returning letter winners as they take to the lanes for the 2014-15 season. Mike Mellecker coaches both teams and with eight years under his belt has amassed a 29-68 record with the boys, and a 44-66 showing with the girls.
Patrick Wood, a sophomore, is back for the Trojans after earning First Team All-Conference and an All-District Honorable Mention last year. Also back are seniors Eric Vidhamali and Heath Schintler. Vidhamali earned a Second Team All-Conference spot, while Schintler was an Honorable Mention pick.
“Heath and Eric have been on varsity since they were freshmen and are the leaders of the team,” Mellecker said. “We will have a couple new bowlers joining the team this year and they will be a great asset to the team.” The coach said this year’s crew should be “one of the best teams we have had in a while from top to bottom.” He added there will be much competition for varsity spots.
Looking at the Mississippi Valley Conference, Mellecker described it as one of the strongest in the state. “Last year, most of the teams at state came from the MVC. I believe that our boys will be at the top (of the conference) and a team to watch out for.”
Last year, the Trojans made a 10-6 showing overall and were 6-5 in the conference.
On the girl’s side, sophomore Erica Roth, junior Samantha Lovell and senior Brooke Kreiss are letter-winners back to lead the Women of Troy. Kreiss earned an All-Conference Honorable Mention last year.
Mellecker is looking to four newcomers, freshman Shatiana Cooper and sophomores Dallas Johnson, Nicole Ritchey and Kalei Strabala to enhance the team.
In addition to the letter-winning trio, Mellecker said “the rest have been together for a couple years and bowl well together.” He noted they started in the Saturday morning youth leagues, a start he has long championed as crucial. “Our weakness is low numbers (of participants). We have a hard time getting freshmen to come out, but this year we have the most since being a sanctioned sport with four. The kids need to start bowling in the (Saturday morning) Iowa City USBC League where they can start getting instruction early in their life.”
As with the boys, Mellecker sees the MVC as one of the strongest conferences in Iowa.
Last year, the Women of Troy went 11-5 in dual meets overall and posted an 8-3 record in the MVC.
Home meets are held at Colonial Lanes, 2253 Old Highway 218 South in Iowa City.