The Westerville South High School boys bowling team earned a berth in the Division I state tournament by winning the district title March 1 at Eastland Lanes.
The Wildcats compete Friday, March 7, at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl. They rolled a 3,815 at district to finish first of 20 teams.
The top four teams at district qualified for state. Moving on with the Wildcats were Teays Valley (3,731), Walnut Ridge (3,714) and Zanesville (3,688), while Westerville Central (3,629) finished fifth.
South's Ian Strapp tied Central's Michael Spiers and Lancaster's Tanner Castle for 10th of 139 bowlers with a 580 series. Walnut Ridge's Wayne Russell was first with a 643.
The top four individuals not on qualifying teams earned state berths. Advancing were Olentangy Liberty's Jack Baggs (fourth, 611) and Mike Shiner (seventh, 585), Hilliard Davidson's Zack Starner (sixth, 599) and Hilliard Bradley's Brandon Knadler (eighth, 581).
Also competing for South at district were Adam Henson (17th, 555), John Levakis (23rd, 546), D-Andre Curenton (87th, 394, two games), James Price (103rd, 307 in two games) and Dalton Akers (105th, 296 in two games).
For Central, Marcus Gonce was 22nd (547), Conor Starkey tied for 52nd (486), Tim O'Donnell was 95th (333, two games), Austin Bleiweiss tied for 97th (322, two games), Ben Lorenz tied for 123rd (147, one game) and Corey Walls was 138th (105, one game).
Central, South girls teams advance to state
The Central and South girls teams advanced to state Saturday, March 8, at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.
South was second (3,273) of 20 teams at district behind Briggs (3,424) and ahead of fellow state-qualifiers Zanes-ville (3,270) and Central (3,222).
Westerville North (2,896) was seventh, with Kaylee Joseph earning an individual qualifying berth after finishing sixth with a 534 series.
Charley Goodwin led South, placing eighth (524) of 134 bowlers behind champion and individual state-qualifier Summer Finley (620) of Chillicothe. The other individual state qualifiers were Dela-ware's Kayla Bowmar (third, 548) and Chillicothe's Reeanna Houser (fifth, 536).
Also competing for South were Rachel Ellis (14th, 499), Mahaya Porter (28th, 459), Hannah Gotschall (86th, 323 in two games), Sydney Van Scyoc (113th, 169 in one game) and Marissa Barthel (117th, 143 in one game).
Katelynn Rygg led the Warhawks, finishing seventh with a 527. Other Central bowlers were Kelly Scarborough (10th, 510), Savannah Slark (11th, 508), Maranda Tatman (97th, 273 in two games) and Gina Scarborough (116th, 145 in one game).
Other bowlers for North were Myriah Child (tied for 24th, 461), Emily Moore (tied for 47th, 419), Katelynn Couch (108th, 238 in two games), Ashley Evans (115th, 146 in one game) and Alivia Garee (122nd, 116 in one game).