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Highlands bowling squad among area's best


Highlands' boys have three of the top bowlers in the area, two of whom are two-handed rollers, making for one interesting team in Fort Thomas.


"I've got eight really good bowlers, seven around 190 or better," said coach Glenn Schmidt, who led the Bluebirds to a semifinal finish at last season's Region 5 team tournament. They were regional runners-up and state qualifiers in 2014. "Last year, I had one two-handed bowler (Andy Campbell). Hunter Kolb went from one-handed to two-handed this year, and he's improved his average."


Campbell, a sophomore, leads the Bluebirds with a 242 scoring average. Senior James Killen is next at 229, followed by Jake Farley (222), Kolb (217), Jordan Cole (200), Trevor Mattingly (180), Tyler Spicer (190) and Andrew Allis (172).


Farley, a senior, and Campbell are established forces. Farley was third at the 2014 regional singles tournament, and fourth at state. Campbell was third at the 2015 regional, fifth at state.


Killen has improved his average despite dealing with an illness that limited his bowling time. With more power and greater accuracy, Kolb's average is up 37 pins over last season. More importantly, Kolb's spirits are up after losing both parents at separate times over the last three years. The sophomore lives with an aunt.


"The kids include him in on everything. They keep him moving and keep him going, and they call each other to bowl," Schmidt said. "When Hunter came to me and said he wanted to bowl two-handed, I told him when I watched him that he had to improve over the summer if he wanted to be a two-handed bowler, and he improved a lot."


Mattingly, a senior, joins Campbell, Killen, Farley and Kolb as the team's Baker bowlers. Cole, a freshman, is pushing for a greater role. Spicer is an up-and-coming sophomore.


Stocked with talent from top to bottom, the unbeaten Bluebirds have been rolling past opponents. They won 41 of their first 42 games while putting together a 6-0 record. They defeated St. Henry, 7-0 last time out, with a team-best 544 two-game series from Campbell, including a season-high 286. Killen has rolled a 279. Cole has a high of 263.


"A lot of kids watch Andy bowl two-handed, and it's encouraged others to attempt to do it," said Schmidt. "It's allowed Hunter to blend in really well. He had a pair of 248s against St. Henry."


Kolb has provided a strong example for his teammates in practice at La Ru Lanes. Schmidt said the youngster's hard-working summer in the face of personal tragedy helped set the offseason tone for the entire team. "They just want to do anything they can to get better," the coach said.


The unbeaten defending Region 5 champion Highlands girls (5-0) are led by sophomores Kathryn Ball (159) and Katelyn Schneider (153), and junior Abbey Parrott (151). The Bluebirds' Baker bowlers are Ball, Parrott, Schneider, Emrel Woody and Erin Field. Parrott has a season-high 203 for the girls, who won 33 of their first 35 games.

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The CovCath Team Invitational tourney is this weekend at Super Bowl in Erlanger.


The Defending Champion Highlands Bluebirds will be taking their Top 6 bowlers.


They've been on fire recently. Andy Campbell bowled 299 on back to back days(Sat/Sun) this week. Jake Farley had an 814 series this past Saturday.

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