Coming into her first year at the helm of the Trenton High School Bowling program, Anissa Cobetto was inheriting a pair of teams that stood in much different places.
With the girls team returning all of their key players, they looked poised to build on a season that saw them finish in third place at leagues. On the boys side however, the team saw two seniors graduate after finishing seventh at leagues.
Even with the difference in position at the end of last year, Cobetto envisioned both teams being able to develop and compete at relatively similar levels this year.
“With no seniors last year, I expected a good season out of the girls coming into this year. Since they finished in third place last year, we were thinking that first or second this year would be attainable,” Cobetto said. “The boys on the other hand lost two seniors, but we have seven juniors. We thought it would be a good season to get experience, but we also thought we could do better than the seventh-place finish from last year.”
To this point, Cobetto has been on the money with her predictions for each team. The girls program is in position to compete for a league championship, and the boys have already topped their win total from last season.
“The girls are doing really well, and the boys have had a really good start to the season. They seem to be building off of each win and that’s a good sign as the season goes on.” Cobetto said.
While the girls team didn’t have any senior leaders last year, that tune has changed this time around. Led by senior Taylor Hubbard, the upperclassmen have generally been carrying the load, but they have been assisted by some younger players on the roster.
Freshman Jeannette Carter in particular has been a standout. She has served as a consistent presence on the team throughout the year, highlighted by her performance against Wyandotte on Jan. 11 in which she bowled a 202.
On the boys’ side, juniors Jason Chadwick and Matt Kibby have been leading the way to this point and have played a crucial role in the surprising success that the team as a whole has experienced.
As the season rolls on, Cobetto is constantly keeping the team focused on their overall goals. Heading into the season on different paths, each team now shares the collective goal of succeeding at leagues.
“With my girls I feel like this is their year. We finished third out of 15 in the one tournament that we were in and I’d like to get in a few more before the end of the season. Beyond that, I think we have a few girls that can make it to States as individuals.” Cobetto said. “With the boys, I hope that we can end up in the top four at leagues because I think that would really give them something to build on going into next year. We have all of our juniors coming back, so that would be good experience for them.”
Considering the relative youth of the boy’s team in general, Cobetto believes that their down season last year could actually help them moving forward.
“They are really good at supporting each other and helping each other out,” she said. “Since they didn’t do all that well last year they don’t have a ton of pressure on them, and they’ve really embraced the underdog role.”
Both the boys and the girls may have started off the season in different places, but each team looks poised to make a run at the League Championship.