Boys bowling: Hobart ready to reach team goals
By Anthony Nasella Post-Tribune correspondent October 30, 2012 11:04PM
Hobart's (l to r) Jerry James Jr., Bobby Kammer, coach Jerry James, and coach Bob Kammer watch teamates during the Post-Tribune Northwest Indiana Preseason High School Bowl O-Rama held at Stardust Bowl II in Hobart on Sunday October 28, 2012. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 1, 2012 4:56PM
The Hobart boys bowling program took a big step forward in notoriety last year with a competitive season, topped off with Bobby Eberle and Jerry James Jr. qualifying for the state finals as individuals.
As the Brickies prepare to build on that success, the returning squad, less just one graduating senior, will be doing it with a notable newcomer, Bob Kammer III, added to the mix that also includes Michael Blue.
As Hobart is already establishing itself in the early weeks of the season, winning the South Bend Clay Invite two weeks ago, head coach Jerry James Sr. is very excited in what he sees as a talented group of boys who are already functioning as a unit.
“They’re working together as a team — not individuals — and that’s all I can ask from them,” James said. “I have no egos here. Wherever I place the order, the kids comply, adjust and perform. I can put those four guys in any order and they’ll do what’s asked of them. They’re coachable and flexible.
“On any given day any of those four guys can tear it up. And if you have all four of them tearing it up on the same day, the team’s we play are going to be in trouble. That was the case at South Bend Clay. Those four guys took charge, picked up the younger guys and had a great day.”
But, talent aside, James also keeps the kids level headed and focused on the basics.
“I tell the kids don’t be cocky because on any given day anybody can beat you,” he said. “They have to go out and bowl their game, watch their scores and pick up spares. We can’t miss spares — that’s everything.”
“I have no complaints with these kids; they’re going to be just fine. It’s going to be a tough season. I’m not saying that we’re going to take everything; we know anything can happen.”
Eberle, last year’s Post-Tribune boys bowler of the year, said that his teammates provide a boost to each other.
“That’s what happened at South Bend,” he said. “We pick each other up mentally. We don’t want just singles to advance; we want the whole team to advance downstate. That’s our goal.”
James Jr. said he was impressed that he and his teammates were able to still win at South Bend with a 103 game.
“Our team effort was big part in our success at South Bend,” he said. “But you have to have fun, too, even when you’re not bowling well.”
Blue, another big part of the early success, said the team is definitely having fun.
“And we have a good team chemistry,” Blue said.
Kammer, a third generation standout bowler, said that he is enjoying his first year and it excited about the team’s future.
“Being with this team has been great so far,” Kammer said. “No matter where coach puts us, we seem to be responding.”