The Gahanna Lincoln High School girls bowling team won its first Division I district title March 3 at HP Lanes.

The Lions built an 85-pin lead over Whitehall through three regulation games and pulled away during the six Baker games, finishing with 3,596 pins. Whitehall (3,438) placed second and Westerville Central (3,360) was third in the 16-team tournament, as the top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to the state tournament March 10 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.

Delaware placed fourth (3,220) and Worthington Kilbourne was fifth (3,050).

Gahanna’s Shannon Gonzales was district champion, finishing first of 102 competitors with a 581 three-game series.

“Shannon had a strong day, but all of the girls really came through,” Lions coach Kelly Ferguson said. “We had a 235 Baker game and that kind of helped us start to pull away some. We figured we would qualify to state then, but these girls really wanted to be the first bowling team at Gahanna to win a district championship. I’m so proud of them.”

Briggs’ Dakota Fink, the defending state champion, placed second with a 574 to earn a return trip to state. The other individual qualifiers were Eastmoor Academy’s Averi Brown (564) and Delaware’s Kelsey Rohrer (550), who placed third and fourth overall, respectively.

Madison Stiffler, the 2016 state champion, placed fifth with a 546 to lead Whitehall, while Reace Gonzalez led Westerville Central by placing seventh with a 523.

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On the boys side, defending state champion Westerville Central won its second consecutive district championship and earned its third consecutive state berth, totaling 3,907 pins to finish well ahead of runner-up Marion Harding (3,645).

Whitehall (3,580) placed third of 16 teams, edging fourth-place Gahanna (3,529) for the final berth in the state tournament March 9 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl. Newark (3,476) was fifth.

Northland’s Cameron Singer was district champion, rolling a 656 to finish first of 105 competitors.

Also advancing to state as individuals were Groveport’s Chaz Wilson (653) and Olentangy Liberty’s Daniel Valz (596), who placed second and fifth, respectively.

Jason Kefauver finished third with a 606 to lead Whitehall, while Zach Gonzalez led Westerville Central by placing fourth with a 597.

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