With scratch scores used for the first time in league play, it made it even more difficult for opposing teams to keep up with the Beekmantown boys’ and girls’ bowling teams last season in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference.
The Beekmantown boys’ easily won the league title with a 155-5 record, outdistancing second-place Northeastern Clinton’s 124-36, while the Beekmantown girls’ finished 62-2 and fended off a challenge from second-place Ticonderoga’s 50-10 mark.
The Eagles’ boys’ and girls’ would then add Section VII team titles.
With a strong nucleus of returning bowlers this season, both the Beekmantown boys’ and girls’ will be strong contenders to repeat.
The Patriots finished strong last season with a 118-42 record, good for third place in the CVAC standings.
AuSable Valley will have senior leadership returning in starters Josh Taylor, Charlie Lacy, Jimmy Provost, Mike McDonald, Ben Coolidge, Roger Preston and Cal Vincent.
Sophomores Brandan Ano and Noah Martineau also are back as starters, while Tyler Light, Ryan Thomas and Tyler Atkins are projected starters.
The Patriots are very young and low in numbers, with freshman Shania Malski the lone returning starter.
Freshmen newcomers Brooke Santamaria and Jocelyn Perky will look to help out, along with seventh-graders Emmalee Welch, Savannah Sears and Samantha Stevens.
Josh Taylor, Charlie Lacy, Jimmy Provost, Mike McDonald, Ben Coolidge, Roger Preston, Cal Vincent, Brandan Ano, Noah Martineau, James Winch, Tyler Light, Ryan Thomas.
Seth Stevens, Tyler Atkins, Alex Wesley, David Hendrie.
Marrisa Prentiss, Krista Hozley, Tonie Cross, Courtney Pray.
Emmalee Welch, Brooke Santamaria, Jocelyn Perky, Savanah Sears, Samantha Stevens.
The Eagles are poised for another title run after losing just two starters off last year’s championship squad.
Andrew Baker, Matt Corrow, Austin Delisle, Ryan Douglas, Ryan Munson, James St. Denis and Dennon Walantus all return as starters to lead the way.