WAPAKONETA — The Division I district bowling tournament Saturday at Astro Lanes began with games of 277 from Cameron Now of St Marys and a 269 from Shawnee’s Abbey Ambroza. It was a harbinger of things to come.
The tally of Now was the chief component that led to the dominoes falling early in the race for the top team spot. The Roughriders scored 1,045 for game one easily outdistancing the rest of the field. Lexington and Wapak followed in second and third with games of 850 and 835. It was like the air went out of the building. The Roughriders came back to the pack some but for the most part the boys’ side of things was over early.
Ambroza’s effort gave the Indians a brief foothold at the top but it did not take long for Wapak, Celina and Ashland to move to the top of the team standings.
Ambroza did reign as the top individual for the girls with a 636 set. By comparison the number two competitor was Brianna Henning of Celina with a 550.
Ambroza exclaimed “really” when informed that she topped all bowlers Saturday afternoon. Scott Oliver of Lexington rolled a 627 to top the boys.
“I am so excited – it is my senior year and I get to go to state,” Ambroza said. “It was one of my goals when the season began. I started with the big game. I just felt that if I stayed consistent that I would have a chance. I am really excited!”
Madison Doseck paced the Redskins to the district title with the third best series of 519. The Redskins finished with a team total of 3,414 with Celina second with 3,298 and Ashland third 3,295. Shawnee (3,149) was fourth.
“I feel that we can do well at state,” Doseck said. “We will have to make spares but I really feel that the team will do great. I am really happy for (teammate) Makenzie Wagner – she gets another trip. She was crying and Coach (Steve) Rostorfer was crying … it was all I could do not to cry!”
Wagner and Celina’s Madison Harden each had a 504 series to tie for sixth individually. Wapak’s Bailey Van-Meter and Lima Senior’s Tatum Twining tied for 10th, each with a 496 series. Celina’s Audree Gray (511) finished fifth.
One team and one individual not on the winning team advance to state.
As mentioned, the St Marys boys claimed the team title with a 3,914 total followed by Ashland (3,690). Wapakoneta (3,678) and Lexington (3,678) tied for third with Perrysburg (3,406) and Celina (3,365) rounding out the team standings.
Richard Hurley Jr. led the way for the Roughriders with the third best series of 614. Jonathan Perez-Shinaberry (591) and Now (566) were fifth and sixth respectively and Derek Fisher (557) was eighth also for St. Marys. Wapak’s Caleb Schellenberg (622) had the second best series.
Girls Division II state
St. Marys made it into the round of eight where the Roughriders were paired with Bryan, which went on to claim the title by taking down Coldwater 183-161, 136-193, 158-125, 188-181 in match play.
Ryleigh Brown led Coldwater with a 586 series, good for fifth. St. Marys’ Alayna Thornsberry (582) and Samantha Ackroyd (569) were sixth and seventh respectively.
Coldwater Coach Rick Hartings and I did get a chance through social media to interact some Friday following yet another Coldwater title.
“We were on the brink in both the first round and the semi finals,” Hartings said about the Cavaliers winning the D-II boys state title Friday. The kids should get all the credit, they just hung in there and did not give up.”