With the 2013-2014 season on the horizon, the St. Catharine College bowling program has high expectations following last year’s championship effort.
When St. Catharine College announced the addition of a bowling program just a few short years ago, championship seemed to be a thing in the far off future. However, Head Coach Larry Luvisi and his Patriot lane rockers had other plans. Until last season St. Catharine College did not have a conference championship of any kind, but that would change following a miraculous, game changing run through the Mid-South Conference tournament by the St. Catharine women. “Nobody expected us to win” says Luvisi. “Our girls played well when in it counted and provided the school with its first Mid-South title.” The 2013-2014 year will be a challenge for his group of women, for the team lost a significant group of talent. “We lost a few women from last year” says Luvisi. “I feel that we have reloaded with some good young talent and can compete from the start.” The Patriots return four starters from last year’s championship squad, including Tiffany Webb (Louisville, Ky.) who will anchor the team from a leadership standpoint according to the coaching staff. Casey Baryla (Lake Orion, Mich.) will be looked upon to become a leader in her second year as a Patriot and junior Lauren Johnston (Louisville, Ky.) has become one of the most improved bowlers on the team. The Patriots will redshirt Amanda Conrad (Louisville, Ky.) who started in all tournaments for the Patriots a year ago. Filling in the gaps for the Luvisi’s crew will be a group of three freshmen from across the country. Emily Zubricky (Winter Haven, Fla.) will lead the group of talented freshman, as she was a top recruit from the state of Florida that chose St. Catharine as her home. “Emily will develop into a great player for us and will be a leader from the start” says Luvisi. Nicole Denman (Lake Moore, Ill.) and Kelly Volenski (Paw Paw, Mich.) will bring northern exposure to round out the line up at St. Catharine, as the two bring their unique talents to join the Patriots.
On the men’s side of the alley, the Patriots look to use their experience to give themselves a chance for victory. Led by junior Craig Cox (Louisville, Ky.), who is ready to be a leader according to Luvisi, the Patriots will feature a roster with four returning starters and three talented freshmen in what. Jamie Wallingford (Bardstown, Ky.) will be the lone senior for the Patriots, and will prove to be pivotal in their arsenal as a solid leader. Junior Billy Lundy and Shawn West of Louisville will round out the returners for the Patriots and look to continue their improvements from last season. Joining the squad will be the likes of Mark Browning (Louisville, Ky.), who Luvisi considers to be one of his better bowlers. “If Browning continues to work hard he can be the best on the team” says Luvisi. “He has a lot of natural talent and maturity that a lot of guys have to work hard to gain.” Along with Browning the Patriots add the Pleasure Ridge Park duo of Roy Brunner (Louisville, Ky.) and Bryan Gammons (Louisville, Ky.) to round out the line-up.
“This can be a special season” says Luvisi. “If our kids continue to work hard then anything is possible, but it is completely up to them to be successful.” The Patriots will kick their season off at the Green River Classic in Campbellsville against conference foes Campbellsville University and the reigning national champion Pikeville Bears.