Westerville Central High School boys bowling coach Julie Wells admits her team looks forward to competing in Baker games.
Behind a strong performance in the Baker games, the Warhawks rallied to win the Division I district tournament March 3 at Sawmill Lanes.
Central was sixth (2,895) at the end of regulation before rallying to finish first (4,176) of 20 teams, edging runner-up Pickerington North (4,157) while Whetstone (4,114) and Whitehall (4,058) rounded out the top four.
The top four teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to the state tournament March 11 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.
Central rolled a 1,281 in its six Baker games. Zanesville had the second-highest score in the Baker games (1,140) but finished fifth overall (4,023).
“That means we never give up,” Wells said of her team’s comeback. “Bakers are our strong suit. We knew we weren’t leading after the (three) regular games, but we knew the Bakers were the strongest thing we have, so we just kept pressing enough to end up first.”
Ryan O’Connor led the Warhawks with a 640 three-game series, tying for 10th overall. Devon Richardson (589) was next for Central, followed by Alex Fleetwood (566), Ben Lorenz (395, two games), Cameron Gonce (208, one game), Wesley Minke (181, one game) and Zach Gonzalez (170, one game).
Zanesville’s Omar Scott had the top score of 127 bowlers with a 728 to advance to state as an individual. Also earning state berths were Worthington Kilbourne’s Evan Place (674, fifth) and Logan’s Aaron Stritenberger (671, tied for sixth) and Austin Huffines (646, eighth).
Whetstone’s Josh Roeder (711) was district runner-up, while North’s William Hrivnak (704) and Whitehall’s Brandon Shaw (682) finished third and fourth, respectively.Videos •The Westerville Central and Pickerington North boys teams receive their awards after finishing first and second, respectively, in the Division I district tournament March 3 at Sawmill Lanes. •Madison Stiffler rolled a 760 series to finish first in the Division I district tournament March 3 at Sawmill Lanes and lead the Whitehall girls team to state.
Briggs won the girls district championship, rolling a 3,888 on March 3 at Sawmill Lanes to hold off runner-up Whitehall (3,811) in the 20-team tournament.
Delaware (3,740) and Gahanna (3,611) also qualified for state March 10 at Wayne Webb’s.
Whitehall junior Madison Stiffler, the defending state champion, finished first of 134 bowlers with a 760.
“Last year is behind me,” Stiffler said. “I’m not going to walk in there with a (big) head. I want to go in this year and win it, but last year is in the past.”
Bailee Smith led Briggs with a 607 (fourth). Renee Chalfant (598, tied for seventh) was next for the Bruins, followed by Mara Caldwell (537), Brittany Hitch (518) and Brooke Tatman (314, two games).
Earning individual state berths were Eastmoor Academy’s Averi Brown (663, second), Olentangy’s Stephanie Shurman (606, fifth), Olentangy Orange’s SarahKate Palmer (605, sixth) and Big Walnut’s Kaitlyn Morrison (571, tied for 10th).
Delaware was led by Alicia Halstead (657, third), while Briann McKnight (571, tied for 10th) led Gahanna.