Boys bowling rolls into new year with high expectations

Michael Barthelemy, Sports Editor

With a season defined by two players qualifying for sectional competition in junior Aidan Cella and senior Zev Grodzin, and Grodzin qualifying for state, expectations are quickly rising.

Headlined by a strong senior duo in the regular season in Grodzin and captain Joe Leibforth, the team was able to overcome opponents who had consistently caused issues for the Kits in the past. This year the team was able to pull out a win against usual powerhouse team GBN and beat arch rival New Trier for the first time in program history. The team ended the conference tournament placing second and third overall in conference, the best result in Evanston’s history.

What separates the good teams from great often times lies in leadership, with this team being no exception. 

“This year’s seniors class is one of the best classes for the simple fact that they were here when we had one of our best teams and sent someone down to state,” head coach Harold Bailey said. “They were just underclassmen and they were learning how to lead.”

Because of the immense trust Bailey has in Leibforth, he can focus on developing other players while still ensuring the top tier players remain on track.

“I feel like a big part of [leading] is keeping the boys in the game. A big part of it is pre-game speeches and walking around making sure that everybody is okay.”

Grodzin will look to end his historic season on a high note tomorrow at St. Clair Bowl in O’Fallon. 

Contributor: JJ Chehab