The best the Space Coast Vipers girls bowling team can do in 2023 is an encore. The team won the FHSAA state title last year, and now-senior Brooke Street was the individual runner-up.
Chris Hamilton, already with the program at the time, has moved into the top job of head coach, and his team's goals remain high. At the same time, some of the Vipers themselves remain among the top scorers in Brevard this season.
"I would say the expectation is the same as far as going to state and winning state," Hamilton said. "We lost a couple of really good bowlers, (but) we've got some pretty good ones added to the team."
In addition to Brooke and Emily Street, a third Street — Khloe — has joined the team and has a 170.6 average. In fact, the lowest average among the top five is 152.
Brooke Street leads the Vipers with an average of 217.7. Last year's FLORIDA TODAY Girls Bowler of the Year has posted games of 256 and 244, and her low for the season was 199. Emily's average is at 204.2. She's bowled 221 twice, and her low was just 190.
The Vipers and the rest of the teams in the county are working toward the Cape Coast Conference tournament on Oct. 17 at Merritt Island Shore Lanes. The following week, teams will compete in district tournaments that will determine state qualifiers.
"Cape Coast Conference and district are great tests and tournaments that lead on to state," Henderson said, "so they're definitely goals for us, too."
Eau Gallie's Jennifer Chiarillo has had a powerful start to her season. The returning All-Space Coast bowler has bowled games of 267, 255, 234 and 228. A 279 on Thursday pushed her average to the top of the county through Thursday's matches, at 218.7.
The Rockledge girls have some of the top scorers in the Brevard mix. Bailey Matthews is at 184 and Faith Ozburn, another All-Space Coast first-teamer last year, is at 183.2.
Gabriella Dancey-Renz from Odyssey Charter averages 191.1. Nikki Sarko of Heritge is at 183.5.
This article originally appeared on Florida Today: 2023 Brevard County high school girls bowling update with leaders