|Tiger Bowlers Seasons End at Districts
The Tiger Boys bowlers competed in Middletown on Friday followed by the
Girls on Saturday. Both Districts were held at Eastern Lanes in
Middletown. There were 24 teams competing from the Southwest District.
4 Boys Teams and 4 Individuals along with 5 Girls Teams and 5
Individuals would qualify for the State Tournament in Columbus. “Both
teams had a good chance of moving onto the State Tournament, but they
really needed to be firing on all cylinders as the Southwest District
is knows as the toughest District in Varsity bowling.”
The boys were still in good shape after game 2 and needed to post a
good score the 3rd game and finish strong in the Baker games.
Unfortunately, the 3rd game they posted an 881. With their first 2
games of 953 and 951, this gave them a total score of 2,792 and in 12th
position going into the Baker games. “We were about 200 pins out of the
4th position, but we were not out of it. The last 2 years, these boys
have never given up when the odds were against them and most of the
time have prevailed.”
The first 3 games, the right combination could not be found and they
rolled games of 160, 167 and 183. A lot of teams at this point would
have thrown in the towel. However, the boys rolled the high baker game
of the tournament with a fine 266. They then finished with a 165, 182
the last two games and remained in 12th out of 24 teams. “The boys had
a fantastic year and I really hated to see it end for them at
Districts. They kept fighting until the end and cannot be more proud of
how this team performed this year!”
The top 4 teams advancing to the OHSAA State Tournament were:
Beavercreek, Kettering Fairmont, Kenton Ridge and Troy. The Tigers were
led by Nathan Peters with a 615, Jordan Groff with a 597 and Michael
Davidson with a 586.
On Saturday, the girls were also going up against some very good teams.
“The key to us moving on to State was to filling frames and to not give
away too many pins with missed spares. The pin carry was extremely
difficult in this bowling center due to the longer oil pattern on the
new synthetic lanes.” The girls started out with 825 to put them in
14th after the 1st game. The second game they were able to figure some
things out and roll a nice 882 to jump them up to 9th place. Going into
game 3, the girls were only 45 pins out of the 5th qualifying position.
“Their spirits were high and the girls were having a blast. I was
extremely impressed with their determination and drive today.” The 1st
3 frames of the 3rd game started out a little rough as the girls ran
into split trouble and had some issues converting spares. They ended up
the 3rd game with 783 and were in 12th position going into the 6 Baker
games. “We are only 130 pins out of 5th and their is no doubt you girls
can make up these pins.”
The girls came out very strong the 1st two games by rolling 205 and 196
which took them up a few spots. They struggled a little bit the next
few baker games by rolling 158, 158 and 165. The last game was a nice
180, but was not quite enough to make it to the top 5. The girls ended
up missing the 5th position by only 125 pins. They beat their year team
average by about 75 pins and averaged 18 pins higher in each baker
game, but was not quite enough. “What a great season for these girls!
10-3 for the season, broke several school records and were Sectional
Champions for the first time ever.”
The top 5 teams advancing to the OHSAA Girls State Tournament were:
Fairfield, Beavercreek, Stebbins, Xenia and McAuley. The Tigers were
led by Joanna Cruz with a 200, Haylie Schlater with a 186 and Megan
Monnin with a 181.