COLUMBUS — When Saturday dawned one portion of the dreams of many student athletes in the area was already in hand as St Marys won the girls Division II state bowling championship Friday night at Wayne Webb Columbus Bowl.
Saturday, St. Marys added a boys D-II state championship at the same venue.
“I am really tired,” Roughriders coach Scott Ross said. “I feel really good. I am really proud.”
After losing 181-172 and 184-153 to Cadiz Harrison Central in the first two games of the baker game elimination round, coach huddled the troops.
“I told them that they had met my goal – I wanted them to get there,” Ross said. “I asked them to go out and show me what they wanted for themselves.”
The result was baker games of 238, 243 and 226 to storm back and take the next three baker games.
“Things could not have gotten any lower than those first two,” Ross said. “We even had a bowler lose his interchangeable thumb. I knew we were the better team. I looked at Nate Kuffner our lead-off bowler and told him that I knew he was better than their lead-off guy and he got it done along with Gunner Kruse.”
St Henry, also from the The Northwest district, entered the eliminations as the number two seed off a 3,656 tally and opened against a Mechanicsburg . St Henry hung tough for a time, finally falling in a double tie breaker to finish fifth.
Coldwater finished 10th and did not advance.
The day and weekend belonged to St Marys.
“They woke up a sleeping giant,” Ross said. “How about they woke up two sleeping giants.”
Division I district
PORT CLINTON — Saturday the toll rang harshly for Wapakoneta, Elida and Shawnee of the Western Buckeye League.
Lexington took honors for the girls. Ironically they would not have been in the event this season if the old standard of four teams advancing to the district would have been held to. They were team six last week coming out of the Lima sectional. This week they exploded with a score of 3,992 and earned the trip to Columbus this coming weekend.
Left in the wake were the Wapak girls, who finished second with a score of 3,791 and Shawnee with a tally of 3,690. Ashland at 3,661, Celina (3,401) and Lima Senior (3,342) rounded out the field.
Brittany Salibene took scoring honors with a 645 followed by Lexington teammate Payge Whitesell with a 617.
Madison Doseck of Wapak advanced as an individual off a score of 615, Shawnee’s Dayle Aldrich with a 611 and Abbey Ambroza with a 606.
Samantha Avery (605) of Lexington, Brielle Meeks (598) of Wapak and Kelsey Baker (580) of Ashland rounded out the all tournament team.
Sam Wagner of Wapak rolled his first 700 series and yet was hard on himself.
“If I could have had one more spare or so we would have advanced as a team,” he said.
Columbian rolled a 1,250 baker set to pass Wapak.
Ashland rolled 4,167, Columbian 4,120 and Wapak 4,103
Area competitors Noah Adcock of Elida (667) Caige Schnarre of Wapak (631) Nate Langenkamp of Celina (615) and Ethan Bowersock of Elida (611) joined Wagner on the all-district team.
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