GREENSBORO-The North Carolina A&T bowling team has a
different look for the 2012-13 season.
It's a look of determination, focus and hunger from winning
that comes from having a full complement of student-athletes with experience in
"They're focused right now, and that's a good thing. It's a lot different than what it has been in
the past," said A&T head coach James Williams, who is starting his fourth
season with the program. "The cast that
we've brought in, which is technically my first recruiting class, they look
pretty good and there's a nice foundation to go forward from."
In the past, the A&T bowling team has often filled its
ranks with walk-ons who had to be taught some of the basics of competitive
bowling. This year, Williams rounded out
his roster with athletes who already have mastered the basics through his
five-person recruiting class. The new
Aggies join returners Amber Brown (sr.) and Cherise Poole (jr.).
"With everybody already knowing what they're doing basically
from the approach to the foul line, we can start work on the advanced
techniques and we can work with everybody.
It's a growing experience for everybody going forward," Williams
And Williams hopes that with a more advanced group, the young
A&T team can advance to a better record than their 25-66 overall and 7-23
MEAC finish last season. The Aggies are
working to earn the program's fifth MEAC championship title, and the first in
"When we recruited the girls this year, the sole purpose was
to get back into the MEAC (tournament) and be competitive," Williams said. "I
think with the class that we've brought in and everything we've been doing in
the offseason getting ready, I think we have a really good shot."
The Aggies will be starting their season with the Lady
Aggies Alumni Challenge on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Spare Time Lanes at noon. The current A&T team will face off
against former members of the program, including some of the ladies who helped
the Aggies win MEAC titles during the late 90's and early 2000's, in the
"It's a nice way of passing on the tradition that was set
forth by alumni to the new underclassmen," Williams said of the Alumni
Challenge. "It's been asked for by the team for the last couple of years, so
it's something that we're trying to put together. Hopefully it'll be a success to move
The Challenge will pit the former and current A&T
bowlers in individual games and in Bakers competition. The alumni will draw a number out of a hat to
determine what lane they will be on. The competitors will then bowl three games. The current roster, after every game, will
move to another lane just so they get the opportunity to talk and mingle with
the former Aggie bowlers.
"Then, we're going to do a best 4-of-7 bakers match, where
the alumni will be allowed to set their own roster and then they'll just face
the current underclassmen. The best
4-out-of-7 will determine the winner of the actual tournament."
The Aggies first tournament of the regular season will be
from Oct. 19-21 at the Tulane Collegiate Bowling Invitational, where they will
face six of the Top 20 schools ranked by the National Tenpin Coaches
Association Preseason poll.