MINSTER — It wasn’t easy, but Coldwater’s boys bowling team stepped up when it counted.
“It was not easy tonight but we loved the condition,” Coldwater coach Rick Hartings said moments after his Cavaliers captured the sectional title at Community Lanes in Minster. “It was really slick when we started, a condition that we have not seen all year. We really were forced to keep our heads in the game and make good shots. It did start to open up some and after some adjustments we did well.”
Coldwater made enough of the good shots to roll a score of 4,035 over three standard games and six baker games.
St. Henry finished in the number two slot with a 3,895 and will also be making the trip to Rossford’s Interstate Lanes next Friday in the district tournament.
St. Henry coach Jim Stout also gave credit to the consistency of his team, “There was actually one stretch of 40 frames where the team scored a spare or a strike. I am really proud of how they bowled tonight.”
Wapakoneta had some struggles but was easily in the mix with the third of five sectional bids with a 3,861 total. Wapakoneta’s Austin Krites, who earned the number one Western Ohio High School League average with a 213, held that form with a 640 series to be the sectional medalist.
Ottawa-Glandorf earned the number four district ticket with a 3,634. Coach Nancy Haughn will go back to work hoping to earn a state nod next weekend.
The final bid came down to a battle between LCC, St. Marys, Minster and Parkway with LCC gaining the bid.
LCC coach Eric Schwaiger gave a great deal of credit to his assistant coach David Miller but even more to his team, “This is the best that we have bowled all season. We bowled well as a team, very unselfishly. We used every bowler that made the trip with us. As a result we will be making our first trip to the districts.”
There were great performances by Mitch Kanney and Zach Huff to spur Coldwater to the title. James Riepenhoff was the biggest difference maker for LCC.
Chandler Kaeck and Zach Miller of Wapak and Josh Heitkamp of St Henry gave big boosts to their squads with 600-plus performances.
Coldwater girls claim title
Things just seemed different on Saturday afternoon. Where the boys battled conditions on Friday evening the Coldwater girls exploded out of the gate with actual games of 1,042 and 1,033. They slowed some in game three with a score of 973.
“I sent each of them a text in the morning and told them to get out a ball they had not been using and put it in the ball machine to sand it down. I told them that when they were happy with it sand it some more,” Hartings said.
Coldwater’s girls finished with a 4,165 for the team title. There were only three 800 team games rolled by the girls on Saturday, two of them by Wapak. An 827 score by St Marys was the second highest team game.
St. Marys made a brief run in the baker games actually outscoring Coldwater in the first three but the Cavs recovered in game four and stretched their advantage.
St. Marys’ 3,382 finished second followed by Wapak’s 3,175 and Minster’s 3,102. Those four teams will make the trip to district action next Friday in Rossford.
Five of the top six individual performers were Cavaliers, paced by Gina Franzer, who was the medalist with 682. Kelsey Koesters was next at 654 followed by Erika Hartings with a 599. Haley Grieves of Wapak broke the Coldwater stranglehold with a fourth place 590 series. Gwen Seitz and Lauren Sanning rounded out things for Coldwater with 569 and 544.
All eight team members rolled in the baker round.
Jenea Johnston of LCC and Kylie Allenbaugh of Van Wert did qualify for the trip to the district in singles action.