by Adam Turer, Cincinnati Enquirer
This will be a year of transition for the boys bowling team at Oak Hills. Alex Rieger is the team's only returning varsity bowler. There will be in-season competition to round out the rotation.
"We lost a couple of the big power bowlers," said coach Kurt Francisco. "We still have several bowlers with talent who are continuing to get better. Their styles of bowling are simpler and they are open-minded."
C.J. Martini, Hunter Bratfish, and Josh Feibelman have been filling three varsity spots well so far this season. The final spot is an open competition, with Jason Hauke, Tim Hennessey, and Max Hennessey rotating for the fifth and final varsity spot.
The team's main goal, said Francisco, is to "win the GMC with this new but talented group of young men and make the best run we can to try and make it to state."
The Highlanders had their streak of five straight GMC championships snapped by Middletown last year. Oak Hills is off to 4-1 start to this season. The Highlanders have not gone consecutive years without a conference championship since 2005-2006. They are focused on reclaiming their crown.
"The best way to achieve these goals is to take it one step at a time," said Francisco, "and take care of the obstacle we have in front of us at that time/day."