The Olentangy High School bowling teams ended their season in the district tournament Feb. 22 and 23 at HP Lanes.
The boys team rolled a 3,624 to finish ninth of 18 teams behind state-qualifiers Newark (3,935), Whitehall (3,902) and Westerville Central (3,895). The girls team finished 13th (2,832) of 18 teams behind state-qualifiers Cardington (3,682), Briggs (3,614) and Lancaster (3,318).
The top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to the state tournament Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.
Freshman Andrew Foust led the boys team with a 511 series, placing 52nd of 117 competitors, and junior Matt Walker tied for 58th with a 499. Newark's Austin Martin (728) won the district title and Granville's Jon Massey (657) secured the final state-qualifying berth.
"I am pleased at how well we competed as a team," coach Jim Brehm said. "I believe ninth is the highest an Olentangy Braves bowling team has placed in the district finals. Six of our eight starting bowlers are coming back next year and five of those will be back for the next two years or more. The future looks bright as long as they keep working at it. I am very proud of them. What a great bunch of kids."
Junior Stephanie Sturms placed 28th (477) of 118 competitors to lead the girls team, followed by junior Kaitlyn Kelley (460, 34th). Westerville Central's Savannah Slark (625) won the district title and North Union's Stormie Jamison (529) was the final state qualifier.
"I am very proud of our girls and how they progressed through the year," Brehm said. "I am excited about the possibilities for next year. I'm already counting down the days. What a great group of kids."
Orange boys finish 14th at district
The Orange boys team finished 14th (3,548) at district.
The Pioneers were led by senior Garrett Moore (560, 26th), followed by senior Daniel Vandewater (479, 66th).
The Orange girls team was represented at district by sophomore Djahne Stroud (448, 49th).
Liberty duo end season at district
The Liberty boys and girls teams were represented at district by sophomore Mike Shiner (585, tied for 15th) and senior Stephanie Capretta (415, 66th), respectively.