Garaway Pirate bowlers building on experience to knock down the pins

Members of the Garaway Bowling Team include: Front (left to right) - Catie Yoder, Liza Holcomb, Samantha Putt and Jocelyn Troyer; back (left to right) - Clay Miller, Paul Hansel, Justin Troyer, Blake Schlabach, Lance Miller, Camden Schilling. Not pictured: Mikey Blauch, Jared Steel, Andi Starner, Jaci Hershberger and Justine Hershberger. (Photo by Bev Keller)

* This story originally appeared in The Budget’s 2017-2018 Winter Sports Preview

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Inside Wabash Lanes on most any weekday afternoon, one will find the Garaway Bowling Team practicing under the direction of Head Coach Troy Page.

“This being my first year as head coach, I’m extremely excited with the group of kids we have,” Page said.

Joining him in the coaching role is his brother, Todd Page. Together the duo watches each
bowler during practice sessions and offers guidance, encouragement and lessons.

“I’m also very excited to have my brother coaching with me this year,” he said. “We’ve both been around the bowling alley forever and getting the opportunity to give back means a lot to us both.”

Troy Page will be heading up the girls’ team made up of Catie Yoder, Liza Holcomb, Samantha Putt, Jocelyn Troyer, Andi Starner, Jaci Hershberger and Justine Hershberger. Todd Page will lead the boys’ team made up of Clay Miller, Paul Hansel, Justin Troyer, Blake
Schlabach, Lance Miller, Mikey Blauch and Jaden Steel.

“With this being just our second season, we’re very young, and, for the most part, many of our kids are only in their first and second year of bowling period,” Page explained. “That being said, we’re returning four of our Lady Pirates and the level of improvement that they’ve made from last season is tremendous. Our boys are over half first-year players but we are returning three starters from last year and we’re seeing significant progress in practice from them as well.”

The team calls Wabash Lanes in New Philadelphia their home base as do several other teams in the county.

Page noted he is excited to see what the season holds for the young team that
will play a full season this winter. “We’ll have a full season this year with nearly double the
matches we had last year and we’ll also host the Garaway Invitational Tournament this year in early January that we are really excited for.”

The pin count will tell the story for the Pirates this season, but as Page noted, anything is
possible. “After having two ladies advance to Districts last season, we’re excited about the
opportunities we have this season,” he shared.