Westerville News & Public Opinion


Westerville Central boys, Slark earn state tournament berths

The Westerville Central High School boys bowling team earned a state berth by finishing third in the 18-team district tournament Feb. 22 at HP Lanes.

The Warhawks (3,895) finished behind Newark (3,935) and Whitehall (3,902) as the top three teams advanced to state Saturday, March 2, at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.

Jonathan Alder (3,872) was fourth.

Marcus Gonce led Central with 624 series, followed by Conor Starkey (606), Austin Bleiweiss (537) and Tim O'Donnell (398).

Central last qualified for state in 2011, finishing eighth behind champion Troy.

Savannah Slark earned a state berth for the girls team after posting the high individual score at district Feb. 23 at HP Lanes.

Slark (625), DeSales' Miranda Singer (614, second) and North Union's Stormie Jamison (529, 10th) were the top three scorers from non-qualifying teams and advanced to state Friday, March 1, at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.

Central finished sixth (3,185) in the 18-team district tournament behind champion Cardington (3,682), Briggs (3,614) and Lancaster (3,318) as the top three teams advanced to state.

South boys finish sixth at district

The South boys team finished sixth (3,747).at district.

Zach Pannell finished fifth overall with a 637 series, behind individual-qualifiers Jaron Miller of Jonathan Alder (687, second), Kyle Hall of Marion Elgin (667, third) and Jon Massey of Granville (657, fourth).

The girls team finished 15th (2,814) at district. Hannah Gotschall was 56th (436).

North boys finish 16th at district

The North boys team was 16th (3,530) at district and Matthew Patterson was 10th (605).

The girls did not qualify for district.

--Frank DiRenna