by Mike Slodki
DeKALBâ€”When you are looking to turn the page on a program, you might as well start with a new home.
Looking to go on the comeback trail, the KHS bowling team has packed up its belongings after the shutdown of AMF Valley Lanes in North Aurora, and moved to Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb.
“It’s very different here, but the lanes are nice, it’s clean and well-managed,” Kaneland head coach Jim McKnight said.
The Lady Knights, who finished 5-15 in 2008-09 competition, lost seven seniors to graduation, but returned a valuable number of bowlers.
“We’re looking for Holly Thomas to be the big gun, with Jessica McHenry and Amy Kuryliw bowling full time this year,” McKnight said. “They’re throwing the ball real well so far.”
With Thomas (148 average) in her third year, McHenry (123 average) in her third year, and Kuryliw in her fourth, a stable core is key to Lady Knight success.
“McHenry is a natural leader and a hard worker, Thomas is working hard and bowls quite a bit year-round, and Amy is ready to step up and surprise people,” McKnight said.
Other varsity entries in 2009-10 include senior Jenna Bartel, senior Molly Lambert, senior Tierra Lee and sophomores Seleana Isaacs and Megan Scott.
Other competitors for Kaneland bowling looking to make a contribution are senior Sabrina Gabrielle, sophomore Madi Bluml and the lone freshman, Angela Charhut.
The Lady Knights start the regular season off with a matchup on Monday, Nov. 30 at Morris, and end the regular campaign on February 2 at Geneva for the final Western Sun Conference position night.
Photo: Bowler Holly Thomas, who bowled an average of 148, will be counted on heavily for good things at Kaneland. File Photo