By Chris Chaney
The Glen Este bowling program has solidified itself as the benchmark for which other teams around Clermont County measure themselves against. Under the tireless direction of Kathy Demarko and her army of assistants, the Trojans have dominated their conference in the regular season and also made valiant efforts to spread their influence upstate.
This year, both the boys’ and girls’ teams captured at least a share of the inaugural Eastern Cincinnati Conference title and their individuals were rewarded as such. 11 student-athletes were placed on All-Conference teams with two receiving Player of the Year nods and Coach Demarko claiming the Coach of the Year for her work with the girls’ team.
Clearly head and shoulders above their conference rivals, the Lady Trojans secured five of the six best averages in the ECC. Leslie Campbell, Haley Vogelgesang, Erin Hunley, Gabby Ruehlman and Amber Walters were the cream of the crop in the conference, all of whom had averages above 150.
Leslie Campbell was named the Player of the Year on the girls’ side in the ECC, coming off probably her best season ever. Boasting a league-best 208.4 average, Campbell was the heart and soul of the Lady Trojans.
Her season highlight came when she bowled a perfect 300 game against Walnut Hills. Campbell had never bowled a perfect game, although she had come close on multiple occasions. To complete the task during a competitive match was something Demarko deemed exceptional.
While Campbell amassed the most pins over the season, she had a solid supporting cast that kept the Lady Trojans atop the standings.
Haley Vogelgesang, Erin Hunley, Gabby Ruehlman and Amber Walters all joined Campbell as First Team selections while Katlyn Fite was named an Honorable Mention.
On the boys’ side, the Trojans enjoyed success as well, led by a pair of juniors and seniors.
Blake Huber, a junior, blew away the competition on a daily basis, averaging more than 11 pins more than the second-best bowler in the league. Huber had a series high of 567 during his junior campaign.
Joining Huber on the First Team was Ryan Stroup who had a 195.8 average on the season. Both juniors will return to continue the Glen Este tradition next season.
Those who will not be back next year include Second Team selections Tyler Clark and Justin Taylor. No slouches themselves, each of them averaged over 190 on the year.
Rounding out the Trojans receiving acclaim for their stellar season was Kyle Smith, a sophomore, who was named Honorable Mention.
Both the boys’ and girls’ teams advanced to the district tournament, but fell short in their quest to qualify for state. Individually, Clark and Vogelgesang came the closest to qualifying individually, but ended up falling a few pins short.
Milford’s accolades: The Milford Eagles are an up-and-coming bowling program that boasted a solid roster of talent in 2012-13. The girls’ team finished third in the ECC and the boys finished fourth.
Also well represented on the All-Conference teams, the Eagles landed eight individuals on the All-Star teams.
The girls were headed up by Meagan Marcum and Delaney Ward, two First Team selections. Both Marcum and Ward had averages that topped out over 150 pins per game. The lone Second Team selection was Madison Canada, while Brandi Norman was named an Honorable Mention.
On the boys’ side, Nick Tringleof, an individual district qualifier, led the Eagles. Tringleof was named to the Second Team All-Conference along with his teammates Kyle Chance and Alex Vandergrift.
Zach Wilson rounded out the local award winners being named as an Honorable Mention.