Aby Logan Wilson ’20
As the Flyers returned to the bowling lanes this past month, memories of their dominant 2016-2017 season quickly came to mind. Last year, the team continued their undefeated streak of 37 matches by posting an 8-0-1 record. The Flyers didn’t stop there; they went on to capture the league title in a hard-fought championship match against the Kellenberg Firebirds. Guided by the coaching of Mr. Terence Fitzgibbon ’00, the team was able to thrive with a fairly young roster comprised of few upperclassmen. This year, the bowlers return with the same mindset – dead set on winning the league championship.
With only 11 members, the team is small, but in the eyes of Bobby Wright ’18, this is a good thing. “Since we’re such a small team, all of us are close friends, and it just makes the season even more enjoyable,” noted Wright. “Although the competition is great, the atmosphere of the team and its members is something no other team experiences.”
To prepare for the season, the team has resumed its practices at Sheridan Lanes. Each day after school, members bowl three full games. Their hard work will be put to the test when they face Kellenberg, who is yet again slated to be one of their toughest competitors.
The team is composed of six starters, each of whom can all put up great numbers on any given day. The Flyers expect to maintain their form this year, considering that the top four players in the league are Chaminade bowlers.
“We will be more successful because of the new additions to the team and more experience from upperclassmen, along with the coaching of Mr. Fitzgibbon,” explained James Alaimo ’18, a four-year star bowler at Chaminade.
“We win by committee,” explained Mr. Fitzgibbon. “On any given day, any one of our six starters can be the best performer. They feed off each other. When one of them is having a good game, it energizes his teammates, but when one of them is having a tough game, his teammates rally around him.”
The first official competition of the new season took place Tuesday, November 21 against St. Dominic’s. The Flyers emerged victorious, proving their hard work during the offseason will pay off this winter. This victory kept the Flyers’ winning streak alive and was their first step in down the path of pursuing their goal of another dominant championship season.