The Wildcats return four starters from last season's Northern Lakes League championship team, priming Napoleon for another run at the league title, and possibly a longer tournament run.

Napoleon, which also won the NLL tournament, returns seniors James Gerken and Elijah Wolf, juniors Jacob Hull and Michael Gallagher and sophomores Preston Miller and Ashton Kiesling. Freshmen Riley Ehlers and Mason Melia are new to the program.

Hull led the team last season with a 211.98 average, while Wolf (185.7), Kiesling (182.6) and Gerken (178.6) also started for the Wildcats.

Napoleon bowling coach Randy Schwaiger said he expects Gallagher and Miller to battle for the final spot in the starting rotation.

"I highly expect this team to do well in the league again," said Schwaiger. "To make it beyond (the) district (tournament) we have to average 190 or better, that's a pretty tall order. Do we have enough talent? If they work hard and come out to practice with a purpose then I think this team can be better than last year.

"If there is a strength it is based on the team's philosophy 'form comes first,'" added Schwaiger. "Everyone seems to have good form on approach, which helps eliminates mistakes. Top to bottom this team is well balanced as far as form goes."

Schwaiger said he would like to see Hull become more of a team leader this season.

"Jacob Hull could be our go-to guy like Levi Anderson was last year," said the Napoleon coach. "Jacob bowls in a lot of tournaments and sees a lot of shots. He is in place to be the team leader."

Bowling, like other sports, is having to deal with new rules due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teams used to be allowed to dress up to eight bowlers on game day. That number is now six. Bowlers also must wear a mask at all times, including when bowling, and are subject to temperature checks before matches.

The bowling area must be sanitized before matches and spectators, which will be limited to two per bowler, must also wear masks at all times, unless eating or drinking.

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