By finishing in the top 10 at both the Division I sectional and district tournaments, Westerville Central High School junior Kelly Scarborough showed that she was one of central Ohio’s top bowlers.
At the girls state tournament March 8 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Scarborough proved that she deserved to be recognized by a bigger audience.
Scarborough turned in a third-place finish during the qualifying round to make first-team all-state. She bowled a 620 series that included a 244 in her second game.
“It was pretty surprising,” Scarborough said. “I haven’t shot 600 at a tournament ever.”
Central, which finished 15th (2,862) as the top eight advanced to the championship round, was one of three area teams in attendance.
Briggs was fifth (3,148) during the qualifying round but lost to Mentor 3-2 in a quarterfinal of the championship round to finish sixth overall.
The Bruins were just 15th a year ago.
“Last year the emotions got to them,” coach Jim Martiny said. “They fought hard this year.”
Finishing 16th (2,622) was Westerville South.
“Coming into the season if you’d told us we’d be runner-up at district and make it here, I would have been pleased,” said South coach Jamie West, whose team last made it to state in 2009.
Junior Tori Pappas led Briggs in the qualifying round by tying for 16th (580). Junior Randi Chalfant was 37th (534) and senior Samantha Rainey tied for 38th (533).
Westerville Central junior Savannah Slark was 29th (548) and senior teammate Katelynn Rygg was 32nd (539).
Westerville South’s top finisher was senior Hannah Gotschall, who tied Westerville North freshman individual Kaylee Joseph for 51st (514). Delaware senior Kayla Bowmar placed 60th (488).