The Westerville Central High School boys and girls bowling programs ruled the Division I district tournament by sweeping the team titles March 2 at HP Lanes.

The Warhawks won the girls team title with 3,785 pins, 156 more than runner-up Big Walnut (3,629). Westerville South (3,465) placed third to earn the final qualifying spot for the state tournament March 8 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.

Central totaled 4,243 pins to win the boys title, finishing 17 pins ahead of runner-up Marion Harding (4,216). Westerville South (4,055) earned the third and final qualifying berth for the state tournament March 9 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.

“It’s pretty exciting that both of our teams won district,” Warhawks coach Tony Gonzalez said. “We kind of ran into a speed bump toward the end of the season, so this definitely helps us build some momentum.”

Briggs’ Dakota Fink was girls district champion with a 708 three-game series. She finished first of 104 bowlers, 72 pins ahead of runner-up Kaitlyn Morrison (636) of Big Walnut, and had six consecutive strikes in both her second and third games and did not have an open frame.

“(I was) surprised (to be district champion),” said Fink, who finished 47th at state last year with a 535. “I didn’t expect it. It means a lot. Hopefully, I’ll do better (at state) than I did last year.”

DeSales’ Skyla Blumenscheid (581, fifth) and Delaware’s Kelsey Rohrer (580, sixth) were the other girls individual state qualifiers.

For the boys, Harding’s Colton Wagner was district champion, rolling a 692 to finish first of 106 bowlers, while Delaware’s Dillon Murfield (685, second), Briggs’ James Pappas (658, fourth) and Whitehall’s Jason Kefauver (654, fifth) were the individual state qualifiers.

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