The Hartley High School boys bowling team will look to build on the first sectional title in program history when it competes in the district tournament on Saturday, Feb. 26, at HP Lanes.

The Hartley High School boys bowling team will look to build on the first sectional title in program history when it competes in the district tournament on Saturday, Feb. 26, at HP Lanes.

The top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the state tournament, which will be at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl. The boys will compete March 5 and the girls will compete March 4.

Hartley won the sectional championship on Feb. 18 at Eastland Lanes with a score of 4,231, ahead of runner-up Westerville South (4,174). Also qualifying for district from the sectional were Groveport (4,052), Brookhaven (3,996), Whitehall (3,830) and Granville (3,751).

The top six teams and top six individuals not on a qualifying team from each of the three sectionals advanced to district.

"We've been bowling pretty good all year, so I was pretty confident," Hartley coach Dennis Backus said. "I told the guys that they are ready to take it to the next level. We've always been just good enough to get to the next round, but I told them I want to win this sectional. I told them they were ready to do it."

Senior Nick Owens led Hartley with a 681 series and sophomore William Ball had a 586.

Hartley won the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-Central Division at 13-0 and finished the regular season 16-0 overall.

Last season, the Hawks reached the state tournament, finishing 12th behind champion Springfield Kenton Ridge.

"It would be great," Backus said of the possibility of earning another state berth. "It would mean a lot to the school."

Qualifying individually for district from the Eastland sectional were Northland's Trent Ranson (632), Buckeye Valley's Michael Davenport (610), Worthington Christian's Ben Smith (593), Teays Valley's Nick Evans (585), Delaware's Ray Getz (584) and Independence's Lamont Venable (582).

At the sectional at Wayne Webb's, Jonathan Alder (4,056) finished first, with Circleville (3,922), Big Walnut (3,881), Westerville Central (3,834), Gahanna (3,759) and Hilliard Bradley (3,719) also advancing to district.

Qualifying individually for district were Walnut Ridge's Wayne Russell (648), Pickerington North's Brittany Beeghley (632), Newark's Jon Sears (612), Chillicothe Unioto's Dallas Johnson (612), Walnut Ridge's Brandon Dye (585) and Hilliard Davidson's Jacob Costin (582).

Beeghley is competing with boys because North does not have a girls team.

At the Tiki Lanes sectional, Utica (4,013) finished first, with Zanesville Maysville (3,992), Zanesville (3,866), Mount Gilead (3,808), Lancaster (3,695) and Marion Elgin (3,640) also advancing.

The individual qualifiers were Williamsport Westfall's Anthony Martin (656), Gilead Christian's Jason Zeigler (643), Logan's Alex Erb (615), Chillicothe Huntington's Anthony Broughton (611), Worthington Kilbourne's Cort Wilson (608) and Watterson's Clark Sabula (602).

•While the Westerville Central girls team successfully defended its sectional title at Wayne Webb's, Briggs was celebrating its first district berth in its three-year history.

The Warhawks won the sectional with a score of 3,574, followed by Olentangy Liberty (3,243), Gahanna (3,232), Cardington (3,132), Groveport (2,979) and Briggs (2,903).

Central, which finished second to Youngstown Boardman at state last season after losing 3-1 in the best-of-five final, has its sights set on putting together another successful postseason.

"The regular season is all about getting ready for the postseason, because this is where you get everything you worked for," Central coach Julie Wells said. "I think this team is ready. It's hard work out there, but we still came in first and by a significant number. The conditions were that you're not going to score a lot, but you just have to score more than everybody that's here."

Liberty coach Linda Ridolfo also hopes for a strong postseason, as the Patriots seek their first state tournament berth.

"The goal was to get out of the sectional," Ridolfo said. "Westerville Central is an excellent team. You obviously want to bowl with the better bowlers."

Briggs went 8-3 in the COHSBC-South and 10-6 overall in the regular season.

"We have a good group of girls and they're young," Bruins coach Mario Jackson said. "There isn't a senior on the team and we're trying to build the program to go further each year. We're getting a head start on it this year."

Qualifying individually for the sectional were Thomas Worthington's Maggie Taylor (511), Olentangy Orange's Rachel Bartram (499), Circleville's Macie Sawyer (475), Orange's Kaitlin Milburn (466), Bradley's Alicia Wolfe (455) and Watterson's Alexa Gainer (451).

At the Eastland sectional, Westerville South finished first (3,531), with Buckeye Valley (3,486), Whitehall (3,373), Delaware (3,194), Newark (3,177) and Sparta Highland (3,135) also advancing.

"We figured coming in that we would be one of the top six," South coach Jamie West said. "Our goal was to get to the next level, and they bowled pretty well."

Qualifying individually from the sectional were Chillicothe's Summer Finley (584), Ready's Allison Lichwa (583), Northland's Bradishia Foster (516), Pickerington Central's Sarah Grim (492), Brookhaven's Maddison Morris (470) and Beechcroft's Nellie Jones (464).

At the Tiki Lanes sectional, Zanesville (3,559) was first, with New Lexington (3,460), Maysville (3,454), Mount Gilead (3,434), Fisher Catholic (3,416) and Elgin (3,273) also advancing.

The individual qualifiers were Jonathan Alder's Ashley Thomas (543), Chillicothe Zane Trace's Sarah Endres (532), Logan's Christi Castle (523), Logan Elm's Tiffanie Harmon (508), Utica's Jenny Bricker (499) and Westerville North's Megan Patterson (491).