COLUMBUS — It was longtime Wapak supporter Bubba Brannan that stated Friday that the Lady Redskins were going to claim the Division I state bowling title. He proved to be an excellent prognosticator.
Brannan had other obligations Saturday afternoon and the long distance thoughts that the Wapakoneta boys would repeat did not quite draw the same results.
On Friday, the girls had been successful in taking an all hands on-deck approach to championship gold, on Saturday the boys fell just short of the silver, finishing third in their effort to repeat.
How close they were to the title is difficult to discern, as Beavercreek would go onto defeat Huber Heights Wayne in the final match. Beavercreek eliminated Wapak in the 10th frame of game five of a best of five match to advance to the title.
Wapak had marched undefeated through the season after losing to Maysville in the Kickoff Classic finale, generally behind the efforts of Nathan Kaeck, Brandon Kennard and Tyler Miller. That trio had what for them was a difficult afternoon, leaving Blake Knueve and Dusty Haggard to pick up the needed slack. Trentin Cooper and Trevor Copeland gave a solid boost to the Redskin effort, especially a 245 game by Cooper but it was not enough on this day.
As mentioned Kaeck, Kennard and Miller and some great moments but they fell a little short of the excellence that we had seen through most of the season.
Wapak was in second after game one but dropped to fifth after game two and stayed in that area code for the rest of the afternoon, eventually climbing into fourth position for the start of the match play round of eight.
They easily handled Green High School 3-1 in the first best of five and clearly had Beavercreek at bay at different times in the battle with them. They simply had more trouble than normal from this season in closing the deal and Beavercreek was the school to advance.
Where the student-athletes from Wapak, on both the boys and girls side of things did excel was in the realm of sportsmanship. On Friday, the boys were there to support the Lady Redskins and the state champions returned the favor on Saturday.
Knueve was crushed at the end of the day, feeling that he did not get it done for his team, yet he was the top man for the day with a 582 set. Dusty Haggard was not that far behind with a set of 572.
All things considered it was a great weekend for the Redskins with a first and a third.
When factoring in the two first place finishes for Coldwater it was a golden weekend for the WOHSBC and the Northwest District of the OHSAA.