A big first game and a strong finish helped Hilliard Davidson High School senior Zach Starner earn second-team all-state honors at the Division I state boys bowling tournament March 7 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.
Starner bowled a 633 series that includes games of 236 in his first game and 221 in his final game to finish 10th as the sixth- through 10th-place finishers made second team.
Clayton Northmont freshman Steve Kocher was individual medalist with a 709.
Starner and Hilliard Bradley junior Brandon Knadler, who finished 53rd (537), are the first players from Hilliard to compete at the state tournament.
“I started off really well with a string of strikes, but in the second game my ball started acting funny,” Starner said. “In the third game I switched balls to one that had less hook and I moved myself to the right. I wanted to (finish) a little higher but my second game killed me.”
Westerville South finished 12th (3,188) during the qualifying round as the top eight teams advanced to the championship round. Walnut Ridge was last (2,915) at the 16-team tournament.
Senior Ian Strapp led Westerville South with a 30th-place finish (571), followed by senior Adam Henson (41st, 554) and sophomore James Price (tied for 48th, 544).
“We started off hot and just declined,” said Strapp, whose team’s first game in regulation was a 966. “I think we got too big-headed after being in third after the first game. We could have done better but it was still a great season.”
Walnut Ridge was led by senior Wayne Russell (tied for 45th, 547) and senior Michael Mills (55th, 535).
Also competing individually were Olentangy Liberty freshman Jack Baggs (tied for 48th, 544) and junior teammate Mike Shiner (62nd, 503).