It was easy to see in a recent match with Lima Senior High that the Ottawa-Glandorf Titans have a very good chance to be special this season. They were dominant on their home lanes over the Spartans, and they are off to a great start in the conference with a 3-0 record, sharing the top rung of the early conference standings with St. Henry.
Over the years that she has coached the Titans, Nancy Haughn has always demonstrated the importance of team, that nobody on the team is any more important than the rest of the squad. It was that way when her sons Trent and Logan were rolling, and it is no different this season. She has three bowlers that have rolled games over 230 this season and her top five bowlers to this point are each averaging within 10 pins of each other. Andrew Krukowski leads the team with a 187 average and a top game of 244.
Wapakoneta is well in the mix at 2-0. Again it is early, and there is a great deal of bowling and growing to be done yet this season but the Redskins do have a great deal of talent and the time to replace two huge pieces that they lost to graduation, Chandler Kaeck and Austin Krites.
They are off to a solid start with a team average of 970 and a baker game average of 197. It is early, and they have the time to build to another championship type season.
This past week when they defeated Temple Christian 3,019-1,822. Austin Shellabarger and Gabe DiLallo were the high rollers the young Pioneers.
Wapak had three bowlers average more than 200 for the evening and two others knocking on the door. They were once again led by Brandon Kennard who had games of 246 and 229.
There are three teams at the top and then six teams with records of 2-1. Lima Central Catholic, Coldwater, Van Wert, Celina, Russia and Versailles make up that group.
LCC had a great match this past weekend in Coldwater against Versailles. The Thunderbirds stayed very close in the first traditional game before falling 944-914. In game two the Tigers appeared to “turn out the lights” on LCC 1064-933 but LCC recovered in the baker games to draw very close in the end, out-pinning the Tigers 1020-914 to keep the match within 40 pins.
James Riepenhoff had another good day with a 243 game. Alex Groff of Versailles took league medalist honors with a game of 256.
The match showed some of the fickleness of the sport. LCC had trouble scoring on its home lanes earlier in the week, dropping a match to emerging rival Shawnee and then stepped onto the generally more difficult conditions and excelled despite losing to Versailles.
Big matches at Olympic Lanes this Saturday morning at 9:45 have St Henry and Wapak facing each other as well as O-G and Russia. LCC has Van Wert and Temple Christian will roll against Celina.
On the girls side of things Carlee Hosterman of Wapak took scoring honors with a game of 208. The Lady Redskins were victorious over Celina by a score of 2,616-2,276. It is noteworthy that Celina would have defeated everybody else in the conference not named Coldwater on Saturday. Talk about bowling the wrong team on the wrong day.
Russia, Mississinawa Valley and Versailles also have 3-0 records at this stage of the season.
Things will get even more interesting this week when undefeated Wapak and Versailles take on once beaten St Marys and Coldwater at 1 p.m. at Olympic Lanes in Van Wert.
Paige Hartings rolled a 203 game to lead a balanced team attack for the Lady T-Birds, resulting in a 2,356-1,824 victory. Cecilia Riepenhoff had a decent showing for LCC which is struggling some at 0-3 but did I say it is early in the season.
The Temple Christian score was not available at press time. The Pioneers currently have a record of 1-1 with a victory over Ansonia and a loss to Marion Local.
The Lady Pioneers roll Saturday against Van Wert and the Lady T-Birds have Celina on the schedule.