BY JIM COX

Times Bulletin Correspondent

sports@timesbulletin.com

With its tradition of good bowling teams, Van Wert's 6-9 record (10th out of 16 teams in the West Ohio High School Bowling Conference) was an off year. It was only the second time in the history of the conference that the Cougs were not in the top half. Although top bowler, Trent Metzger (189.30 average, 251 high game, first team all-WOHSBC) has graduated, coach Tammy Metzger is counting on several experienced rollers to pick up the pace and improve the team's standing in 2012-13.
Back are junior Tyrell Eddins (168.08, 214), junior Jason Zosh (159.12, 203), sophomore Jacob Blackmore (155.60, 189), and junior Andrew Price (147.68, 216). A promising newcomer, senior Alex Chorvas, gives the Cougars a solid fivesome. Metzer is also expecting sophomore Tyler Ruger, sophomore Darin Hofacker, and freshman Joey Kinner to compete for one of the five varsity slots some weeks.

Coach Metzger sees improved spare shooting as the key to success this winter, and, with that, some much-improved averages and a move up in the conference standings.

Last year Van Wert had a team average of 811 and a Baker average of 159.4. A team's total score for a match is determined by adding up the pins from 15 games - ten individual matches (two by each bowler) - and five Baker games. In a Baker game, each of five bowlers rolls two frames - the number one bowler handling frames 1 and 6, number two bowler frames 2 and 7, etc.

Wapakoneta is the defending WOHSBC champion with a 15-0 record. Wapak and Coldwater have consistently been among the top teams in the league. Van Wert has had some high finishes - 4th in 2010-11, 4th in 2009-10, 3rd in 2008-09, and 3rd in 2007-08.

Ty Metzger and Mike Zosh are helping Coach Metzger teach technique during the team's practice sessions.

Fans can follow the team's progress and individual stats at http://wohsbc.com.