COLUMBUS —The Western Ohio High School Bowling Conference displayed total domination this weekend at the state bowling championships at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.
Coldwater’s girls claimed a team title as Erika Hartings won the individual crown with a 648 for the Cavaliers on Friday. And on Saturday, Versailles’ Michael Davidson won the individual title on the boys’ side. Canfield defeated Kettering Fairmont for the boys title with Fairport Harbor Harding finishing in third.
The individual honors were given prior to the baker matches to determine the top team price. Hartings was more than pleased to see that teammate Kelsey Koesters joined her on the podium with a 618 earning the runner-up medal for her great play on Friday as well.
“To win the state was a dream come true, it was our goal at the start of the year,” Hartings said.
Koesters added, “It was so much harder the second time around. We kept the right mentality. We knew that if we kept things right in our mind that we would be O.K.”
While this deadly duo was more in tune with the team title, they were not dismissive of what the individual honors made.
“It feels good to be on top,” Hartings said.
“I really did not anticipate the medal,” Koesters said. “I did not realize that I had bowled that well.”
Along with Hartings and Koesters’ efforts, teammate Gwen Seitz started virtually every baker game with a strike. Seitz and Emily May turned at least one game around with strikes in the fifth and sixth frames. In game two of the Hubbard match, Lauren Sanning, Koesters and Hartings went on a string that was perhaps the turning point of the championship match.
On the boys’ side, Versailles’ Michael Davidson wasn’t sure he had won until the final announcements were made.
“I was full of excitement,” he said. “I could not believe that what I rolled would be enough.
“It was my goal for us to get to the state and win it. It would have been great for the team but at least I was able to get here.”
Davidson also had praise for the Versailles girls team that was eliminated in the round of eight by Coldwater.
“They are good and they will be back. We did our best to support them and I was happy to see them here today.”
The St. Marys girls team got out of the gate well and then struggled through games two and three before recovering some in the baker round. The Roughriders finished 12th to cap an impressive season in which they defeated Coldwater at the Pioneer Classic, and Emily Walter was the district singles champion.
Meanwhile, St Henry was seventh going into the baker round of the qualifying and had a disastrous second baker game that dropped them below the cut line. They were not able to recover.
“It actually started to slip away from us in game three and I could not get it turned around,” St. Henry coach Jim Stout said. “We went to the baker pair and that condition was as tough.”
St. Henry finished 11th.
“I really feel that we overachieved some on the season, so I am happy that we were able to get here,” Stout said. “Sometimes the best teams do not always win.”