LIMA - It was a great day for the WOHSBC as Coldwater and St Marys finished one and two in OHSAA Division II district action Saturday afternoon at Westgate Lanes.
The conditions appeared to the naked eye to be very competitive. The Lady Cavs again responded with a well-balanced attack with each of their bowlers placing in the top 20 of those competing in the event. They were paced on this day by all-tournament selections Kelsey Koesters and Lauren Sanning who rolled 550 and 548.
Kristen Dammeyer of St Marys was the individual champion with a 608. Serena Rockwood joined her teammate on the all-tourney team with a 540, good enough on this day for number five overall. Paige Keysor and Abby Smith rolled well as well.
Coldwater will be returning to the state with a chance to three-peat and Coach Rick Hartings will certainly have his young ladies well prepared for the opportunity. St Marys will be ready as well understanding that if the state best of five baker format was utilized in district play that the results Saturday would have been reversed.
Napoleon who led after game one before stumbling to the end and Port Clinton claimed the final two state bids.
Coldwater boys return to Columbus
The Cavaliers spent the entire season chasing Wapak, Versailles and St Henry in conference play. On Saturday evening they finally caught Versailles who captured the Southwest District and passed St Henry whose season regrettably ended at Westgate Lanes in D II action.
Coldwater dominated play Saturday with a 4081 team total easily outdistancing Clyde (3853) and Wauseon (3845). Much like the Lady Cavs it was the typical balance of the team that sealed the deal.
Blake Spangler (637) , Cole Whitacre (627), Cory Whitacre (612) and Zach Huff (609) each made the all-tournament team to pace the team.
James Riepenhoff rolled a 612 series to enter that select group as well.
Clyde High School rolled a tourney best 1273 baker set to springboard them around Rushford. They will join Wauseon in pursuit of Coldwater next week in Columbus.
Could we have a repeat of 2012 when Coldwater took both crowns? Could St Marys return to the winners circle?
Wapak victorious in DI sectional
First things first – Jeff and Cathy Dorn-Lizzi were incredible hosts at Star Lanes at the Harbor. They have a passion for the game and it showed.
Another positive would be that the young men of Wapak rolled incredibly well, especially for the championship tournament conditions and will be advancing to Lex Lanes in Lexington next weekend for district play.
Thank you Jay Selgo of Ottawa and the OHSAA for stepping in and making sure things did not get convoluted for the district. There was talk of bringing multiple teams in and enlarging the team pool and number of bids. Next weeks set up seems strange but we are assured of having a DI team from our district at state.
We know that Wapak (3878), Perrysburg (3760), Sandusky Perkins (3757) and Bowling Green (3717) will be at Led Lanes.
Maxx Tamurrino of Perkins, who I am told grew up in the lanes was the individual honors with a 676. Nate Kaeck of Wapak took the silver with a 655. Austin Krites of the Redskins returned to form with a 587 to join Nate on the first team. Brandon Kennard made it into a top ten dominated by Wapak with 553.
Bailey Brown of Celina will advance to district action as well as a result of a solid 544 series.
Josie Kaeck, the younger sister of Nate will be the lone girl representative from our area to move on in DI. She finished third in individual and will be making the trip to district play. Her Wapak team bowled well but finished in fifth, one slot away from a district bid.