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BOYS' PREP BOWLING: John Hardin's Humes has been burning up (12/31)

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By Nathaniel Bryan

Alex Humes’ start to his senior bowling season with the John Hardin Bulldogs got off to a hot start – figuratively and quite literally.

Humes, also one of the state’s best horseshoe pitchers, burned his right (rolling) hand in a grease fire at his house. The freak accident didn’t slow him down at the alley though.

Entering the 2013 portion of the season, Humes leads the 28-bowler three-team area in games rolled (17), total pins (3,093) and average (184.941) and has the third-highest game (227). Fourteen other boys’ bowlers who have competed in varsity matches either did not meet the five-game minimum or are no longer on their respective teams.

Humes’ average is more than 50 pins better entering the season’s new year than it was last season.

After finishing second to the Taylor County Cardinals in last season’s 2nd Region Tournament at Campbellsville’s Phillips Lanes – the home for Taylor County and the Green County Dragons – the Bulldogs, Central Hardin Bruins and North Hardin Trojans will have home-lane advantage for the 2013 2nd Region Tournament in February at Dix-E-Town Lanes.

Humes and four other starters – sophomore Aaron Gunter (16 games rolled, 244 high game, third in single-game average at 164.313) and seniors Lucas Ward (15, 189, fifth at 163.333), Josh Proctor (six, 190, seventh at 161.167) and Sean Diezman (12, 202, ninth at 159.667) – are back from last year’s Bulldog team which lost to Northern Kentucky power Campbell County in the first round of the state tournament in Louisville. Gunter has the boys’ area high game, while Ward is the reigning Hardin County Tournament of Champions boys’ open singles title-holder.

Other returning members are sophomore Daniel Miller (nine, 157, 134.111), senior Jay Gardner, sophomore Doug Kim and sophomore Sean Stevens. The latter three did not meet the minimum-games requirement.

The Bulldogs have gotten boosts from newcomers Byron Singleton (six, 222, sixth at 162.500), Steven Ray Vittitoe (11, 208, 10th at 159.000), Ryan Ray (12, 182, 150.500) and Brandon Shugan (13, 204, 135.308). Other varsity newcomers, who haven’t met the games minimum, are Collin Machine, Ozzie East, David Shultz, Sam Grant and Luther Tarver.

NORTH HARDIN. The Trojans graduated 11 players and had three more not back from last season.

However, North Hardin has the area’s only returning boys’ State individual qualifier in senior Kawika Glover (eight, 189, fourth at 164.250). Junior returnee Kevin Ho (six, 190, 160.833) also ranks in the top 10.

Also back for the Trojans are senior Aaron Davis (eight, 192, 157.500), sophomore Alec Johnson (eight, 179, 153.250) and senior Braden Price (six, 136, 120.667). Sophomore Zach Ayer and junior Matt Hanninen are also back, but they haven’t met the games minimum.

The Trojans have gotten boosts from newcomers Brooks Bennett (five, 175, 151.600), junior Kahala Glover (six, 173, 139.500) and senior Dakota Reiter (five, 152, 139.200). Other newcomers are senior Eric Massengale and seventh-grader Andrew Shufelt, but they haven’t met the games minimum.

CENTRAL HARDIN. The Bruins, who lost to John Hardin in last season’s region semifinals in the five-game maximum, graduated three starters and had four bowlers who competed on last season’s team leave or not make this season’s roster. The Bruins’ depth took a further hit when another bowler left the team after four games.

Central Hardin has relied on senior Chris Bates (10, 234, second at 178.400), who is more than 40 pins ahead of his average through 11 games last season and is the only Bruin in the top 10 in average.

Also back are seniors Brandon Ruley (five, 188, 151.200) and Seth Oberdorf (10, 207, 150.700) and sophomores Alec Burgess (10, 165, 142.500), Andrew Schmit (eight, 167, 136.375), Brandon Crabtree (seven, 170, 131.857) and McCoy (six, 174, 131.000). Seniors Corbin Laslie and Steven Murphy are other returnees, but they haven’t met the games minimum.

Three varsity newcomers who have helped the Bruins are sophomore Tristen Zentz (five, 180, 147.200), junior Zach Bergner (five, 161, 129.400) and freshman Zach Epperson (eight, 153, 121.250).

Nathaniel Bryan can be reached at (270) 505-1758 or nbryan@thenewsenterprise.com.