Olentangy advances both teams to district
The Olentangy High School girls bowling team rolled a 2,742 and finished sixth in a 25-team sectional tournament Feb. 15 at Columbus Western Bowl to advance to district by placing among the top nine squads.
Briggs won the sectional title with a 3,757.
The Braves will compete at district Saturday, Feb. 23, at HP Lanes. The boys district tournament will be held a day earlier at the same site.
At district, the top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to the state tournament, which will take place March 1 for girls and March 2 for boys at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.
Leading the Braves at sectional were Kaitlyn Kelley (419), Emily Brehm (402) and Stephanie Sturms (371).
"The girls had a nice team performance," coach Jim Brehm said. "No one bowler stood out as dominating, but Kaitlyn Kelley, Emily Brehm, Stephanie Sturms, Samantha Rinehart, Blair Bishop and Lizzie Wisenstein all bowled consistently well. A 118 was the low and 164 was the high game out of 15 individual games. Our Baker games, while not outstanding, were good enough to get the job done.
"(This) week will be fun. All of the pressure is off because frankly with all of the new bowlers, we weren't expected to do as well as we did."
The boys team advanced to district by placing eighth (3,558) in a 30-team sectional Feb. 16 at Columbus Western Bowl behind champion Newark (4,030).
Leading the Braves were Andrew Foust (season-high 562), Brandon Bice (534) and Matt Walker (503).
"It was a great team win, because the entire squad contributed in the Baker games to edge us into the district," Brehm said. "Our final three Baker scores of 203, 200 and 203 pushed us into eighth place.
"We grew up a lot (last) weekend and anything is possible (this) weekend if our top five are on their game."
Orange boys squad advances to district
The Orange boys team advanced to district by placing fourth (3,698) in the Columbus Western Bowl sectional, as Daniel Vandewater (636), Ben Kunz (557), Garrett Moore (535) and Tyler Vandewater (492) led the way.
The girls team finished 17th (2,276) in the Columbus Western Bowl sectional, but Djahne Stroud secured one of nine individual district berths for bowlers not on qualifying teams. She finished 21st (456) and qualified for district as an individual for the first time.
Other top scorers for the Pioneers girls were Claire Morgan (361), Hannah Sutherland (306), Jessica Torkar (261) and Kelsey Krumm (226).
Liberty sending pair to district
The Liberty boys team placed 11th (3,311) in the Columbus Western Bowl sectional, but Mike Shiner finished fourth (636) to again qualify for district.
Last year, Shiner rolled a 619 to place fifth at district and qualify for state, where he finished 31st with a 582.
Other top scorers for the Patriots at sectional were Andrew Crea (474) and David Valz (439).
The girls team didn't have enough bowlers to score at sectional, but Stephanie Capretta (446) earned the final district-qualifying berth for individuals. She tied for 28th overall.