Westerville Central High School bowling coach Julie Wells is impressed by the boys team's accomplishments this season.
The Warhawks competed in the state tournament March 2 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl, finishing last (2,778) of 16 teams in qualifying play. The top eight teams in the qualifying round advanced to the final and Sandusky Perkins (3,258) secured the final qualifying spot.
Canfield defeated Fairport Harding 739-696 in the championship match.
"It was a great accomplishment," Wells said. "They worked really hard and to perform that well at districts to get through the state experience was icing on the cake for all those boys. We have a very young team and they now know what it's all about."
Sophomore Marcus Gonce led the Warhawks at state with a 515 series, finishing 58th of 100 competitors. Versailles' Michael Davidson won the individual state championship with a 644.
Gonce finished with a team-best 196.4 game average.
Also competing for the Warhawks were juniors Michael Spiers (437, 74th) and Austin Bleiweiss (163) and sophomores Conor Starkey (326) and C.J. Whiting (169). Starkey played two games and Bleiweiss and Whiting each played one.
Central placed third (3,895) in the 18-team district tournament Feb. 22 at HP Lanes behind champion Newark (3,935) as the top three teams advanced to state.
The Warhawks finished ninth (3,344) in the 30-team sectional Feb. 16 at Eastland Lanes behind champion Westerville South (3,766) as the top nine teams advanced to district.
Central finished eighth (7-7) in the 15-team Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-North Division behind co-champions South (12-2) and Jonathan Alder (12-2).
The Warhawks tied Westerville North for first in the OCC-Cardinal Division at 4-1, ahead of South (3-2), Delaware (2-3), Big Walnut (1-4) and Gahanna (1-4).
Sophomore Savannah Slark represented the girls team in the state tournament March 1 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl, finishing 24th (533) of 103 competitors.
Coldwater's Erika Hartings (648) won the state title.
Slark finished first of 118 competitors in the district tournament Feb. 23 at HP Lanes with a 625 and finished with a team-best 190.7 average.
"She is a district champion and she did so well at states," Wells said. "It wasn't a surprise because she is very talented and, from everybody who was at our district, I thought she had a very good shot at it."
Central placed sixth (3,185) in the 18-team district behind champion Cardington (3,682), with Lancaster (3,318) securing the third and final state-qualifying berth, after placing fifth in the 26-team sectional Feb. 15 at Eastland Lanes behind champion Lancaster (3,159).
The Warhawks finished first in the 15-team COHSBC-North at 14-0 and won the OCC-Cardinal title at 5-0, ahead of Delaware (4-1), Gahanna (3-2), South (2-3), North (1-4) and Big Walnut (0-5).
Other key bowlers were junior Katelynn Rygg (170 average), sophomore Kelly Scarborough (165.2), freshman Adrieann Rowland (161.2) and junior Gina Scarborough (138.8).
South expects to return solid nucleus
With just one senior in the program, the South boys and girls teams expect to return experienced lineups next season.
The lone senior is Zach Pannell, who was second on the boys team with a 216.2 average behind junior Adam Henson (218.8).
The boys team placed sixth (3,747) at district and first in the Eastland Lanes sectional.
The Wildcats tied Jonathan Alder for first in the COHSBC-North and placed third in the OCC-Cardinal.
Other key bowlers were junior Ian Strapp (195.3), freshman James Price (192.8) and juniors Mikhael Barr (179.9), D'Andre Curenton (181) and John Levakis (177.5).
The girls team finished 15th (2,814) at district and fourth (2,968) in the sectional at Eastland Lanes. South placed third in the COHSBC-North at 10-2 and fourth in the OCC-Cardinal.
Junior Maranda Reed had a team-best 169.4 average, followed by junior Hannah Gotschall (160.3), freshman Sydney VanScyoc (157.2) and junior Mahaya Porter (153.2).
"We had a good season on both sides, although we were a little disappointed with our performance at districts," coach Jamie West said. "However, the kids are committed to working hard in the offseason to continue improving, and I feel that we will have a successful season next year because of their hard work and dedication."
North boys earn share of OCC title
Among the season highlights for the North boys team was earning a share of the OCC-Cardinal title.
The Warriors went 4-1 to tie Central for first.
"The boys exceeded my wildest expectations," coach Dean Dabe said. "With losing my top four to graduation last year, I wasn't sure what to expect. They surprised me."
The Warriors, who finished 16-3 overall, placed 16th (3,530) at district and sixth (3,573) in the 30-team sectional Feb. 16 at Columbus Western Bowl behind champion Newark (4,030).
North went 11-3 in the COHSBC-North to place third.
Senior Matthew Patterson had a team-best 194.9 average, followed by senior Markus Patterson (186.5), junior Nickolas Pannell (177.7), senior Jack Hanselman (164.2) and sophomore Dylan Henthorne (162.7).
The girls team finished 15th (2,436) in the 25-team sectional Feb. 15 at Columbus Western Bowl behind champion Briggs (3,757). The Warriors placed fourth in the COHSBC-North at 7-4 and fifth in the OCC-Cardinal at 1-4.
Senior Megan Patterson had a team-best 163.7 average, followed by freshman Emily Moore (139.9), senior Elizabeth Churilla (130.5), senior Michaela Giese (127.9) and junior Myriah Child (125.1).
"The girls had a winning season (8-7 overall) and learned a lot to help them in the coming season," Dabe said. "I'm very proud of what they have accomplished."