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Bowling program to have bright future with new Head Coach and five new JV additions

By: Kieren Wilson

The Bowling team at Waldorf has six new additions to the program for the 2015 season. Five JV Bowlers and a brand new head coach will all make their debut October 18 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The 2015 season will be lead by Head Coach Joseph Squires for his first collegiate campaign. Squires, a local from Albert Lea, Minnesota, originally worked in the registrars office at Waldorf while also assisting the men’s bowling team. Although Squires is a familiar face, he will bring a new attitude to the program for the 2015 season.

Up and coming talent for the warriors bowling team includes five new freshman. First we have Tanner Bradley Smitz from Faribault, Minnesota. Smitz earned all conference honors in the South Central conference at Faribault High School while also being ranked the #35 bowler in the state of Minnesota. Smitz chose Waldorf because of the small town atmosphere and the feeling of family within the bowling program.

Next we have added the talent of Roger Harford residing from York, Pennsylvania. Harford attended Dallastown Area High School which unfortunately did not have an official bowling team. However Harford was involved in the Pennsylvania Junior Bowlers Tournament where he was extremely successful winning three titles, one major and two doubles. Harford was able to find out about Waldorf College through the Bowling Combine in Dallastown, Pennsylvania.

Additionally we have hometown kid Tyler Doss who is from Forest City and attended Forest City High School. During his season at Forest City high Doss received some impressive accolades bowling an 800 series and making 1st Team All District. “One of the reasons I chose Waldorf was because my mom works in financial aid at Waldorf. It’s close to home and a familiar place so it really didn’t make sense to go anywhere else,” said Doss.

Next we have added Kyle Swiderski from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he had great success at Saint Croix high School. Kyle’s resume includes three all conference and one all honors in the Metro Southeast Conference. Swiderski was also a six year starter on varsity starting since he was in 7th grade. “ Waldorf is close to home and I saw the program picking up so I wanted to be a part of that,” said Swiderski.

Finally we have added Damon Helgevold from Osceola, Iowa where Damon bowled four years at Clarke Community High School. In his four years at Clarke, Helgevold was 1st Team All district every year as well as All District Bowler of the Year three out of his four years in high school. Helgevold was successful in the classroom as well making the All Academic Team three out of his four years. “ The atmosphere of Waldorf reminds me a lot of home, and the campus itself has as many kids I went to school with,” said Damon.

Overall the five freshman will be looking to make a huge impact on the overall success of the bowling program. They have all adjusted to the collegiate level very quickly under the watchful eye of Coach Squires. Both Helgevold and Swiderski have stated their game has improved drastically in only two weeks time with the help of Squires. “Coach has good technical knowledge of the game and he is good at building team chemistry and an overall nice guy,” Smitz said. With the positive impact Squires is making, as well as the exciting outlook from the five newcomers, it seems like success is definitely in the forecast for the Warrior bowling program.