Cascade’s 2019-20 girls’ bowling team: front from left, Nicole Finzel, Lillian Bruns, Ceyairia McFarland, Madeline Manternach and Ella Madsen; back row, coach Larry Knipper, Chloe Geerts, Erin Knipper, Halle Keenlance and Jessica Kremer.

The Cascade High School girls’ bowling team will be dealing with the same difficulties as the boys’ team this winter as the Cougars will be hosting their home meets nowhere near Cascade. A fire claimed their home alley this past summer, but the girls bowling team will look to improve on their best season from a year ago.

As a team in 2018-19, the Cougars averaged 134.1 for their individual games, 126.7 for their baker games and a team total of 1,974.3 per meet. The Cougars are bringing back much of their roster from last season.

Erin Knipper, Halle Keenlance, Jessica Kremer, Nicole Finzel and Maddie Manternach are all returning. A year ago, Keenlance led the team in average at 150.9. Kremer was not too far behind as she notched 147.9.

“We also have some new bowlers coming on board this year,” head coach, Larry Knipper, said. “Lillian Bruns, Ella Madsen and Ceyaira McFarland can all help us out.”

Experience will not be an issue for Cascade as they bring back six letterwinners and five starters from last year’s varsity roster while only losing one bowler.

“Last year was our best year for the girls’ team,” Knipper said. “Every year this group of girls continues to improve.”

The Cougars finished fourth in the district last year and only look to improve on that number. There will be plenty of obstacles for the Cascade bowling programs this winter, but their experience should help.