For the second time in three seasons, the Briggs High School girls bowling team has produced the Division I individual state champion.
Freshman Dakota Fink rolled a 677 (248-220-209) series in the state tournament March 10 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl to earn the individual title.Video •Whitehall's Madison Stiffler receives the runner-up medal and Briggs' Dakota Fink receives the championship medal at the Division I state tournament March 10.
Whitehall junior Madison Stiffler, last year’s state champion, was runner-up with a 659.
Briggs’ Tori Pappas won the state title in 2015.
“I had pretty high goals, but I didn’t think I’d make it this far,” Fink said. “My ball decided to do what I wanted today and I had my team behind me.”
Briggs was second of 16 teams in the qualifying round with 3,387 pins, as the top eight reached the championship round. The Bruins then beat Wapakoneta three games to two in a quarterfinal before losing to Troy by the same score in a semifinal.
Briggs finished fourth overall. Stow-Munroe Falls beat Troy in the final and Beavercreek, which was first (3,407) in the qualifying round, placed third.
Gahanna also reached the championship round after rolling a 3,125 to place sixth during the qualifying round, but lost to Troy three games to one in a quarterfinal and finished sixth overall.
Whitehall finished 13th (2,956) and Delaware placed 14th (2,943).
Stiffler rolled games of 212, 248 and 199 during the qualifying round.
“I felt like I executed well,” Stiffler said. “I know I was the champion last year, but being in the top five is great.”
Fink and Stiffler both earned first-team all-state honors for placing in the top five. Briggs senior Bailee Smith (seventh, 610) made second-team all-state, while Whitehall junior Makayla Barber (11th, 584), Delaware senior Alicia Halstead (tied for 12th, 583) and Olentangy Orange senior SarahKate Palmer (14th, 580) all were honorable mention all-state.
Gahanna was led by junior Briann McKnight, who placed 18th (565).