COLUMBUS — The Celina boys bowling team captured the Division I state championship Friday.
“We have a bond like no others,” Celina bowler Parker Maurer said. “Nothing really gets to us. We knew we could get it, we just had to work for it.”
Celina began the day as champion of the OHSAA Kickoff Classic, The Temple Christian Pioneer Classic, Western Buckeye League, sectional and district.
The Bulldogs started the day with a 906, well below their seasonal average. At that point they were in 10th, 43 pins out of the cut line.
Game two changed their fortunes considerably when they rolled a 1,017 to move up one notch in the standings.
The teams as a whole did not handle lane transition well on the day. The team scoring averages went from 943 per game to 930 and then hit the wall with 888 per game. Celina rolled a 977 in game three, moving into sixth place.
In the three game baker format Celina games of 208, 234 and 225 for a 667 and the fourth seed with a 3,567 total.
In the quarterfinals, Celina faced Beavercreek, which rolled a 275, the number-two all time baker game for the OHSAA, to Celina’s 199. Celina bounced back to win the next three games 201-186, 170-167 and 182-164 to advance.
Celina then defeated Wadsworth 203-177, 208-175, 239-201 and then beat Stow-Munroe Falls 193-153, 216-208, 186-190, 234-200 in the championship match.
Wapakoneta’s Josh Wahl finished seventh in the individual standings with a 660 three-game series to earn second team all-tourney selection. Nate Langenkamp led Celina with a 651, good for 11th place. Maurer (641, 14th) and teammate Cole Cisco (613, 22nd) also finished among the top 25. The Bulldogs’ Kolyn Wiehe was 43rd with a 566 total.
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