Whitehall-Yearling High School senior bowler Jason Kefauver patiently waited for the results to be tabulated and then announced at the Division I district tournament March 2 at HP Lanes.

For Kefauver and coach Tavi Netotian, the wait was worth it.

Kefauver, who was the boys team's only competitor at district, earned the third and final individual-qualifying berth to the state tournament Saturday, March 9, at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl. He finished fifth of 106 bowlers with a 654 series.

"I'm honored," Kefauver said. "(Netotian) is a great coach. He's been by my side 24-7. He's always pushing me to do the best. He's amazing."

Kefauver rolled games of 213, 235 and 206.

"Both of us are relieved," Netotian said. "He was on the bubble. He had a terrific day. He kept his focus and just kept plugging away. I'm very proud of him. He's worked hard for this.

"This will be my first time having an individual there. I've always been there with a team, so it's a little bit different. You're rooting for one student. He has a good shot. He's focused and ready to go."

Delaware's Dillon Murfield (685) and Briggs' James Pappas (658) were the other individual qualifiers. Westerville Central (4,243), Marion Harding (4,216) and Westerville South (4,015) earned the three team state berths.

Kefauver will be making his third state appearance after partcipating the past two seasons as part of the team competition.

Last season, he recorded a 654 series to finish eighth overall and earn second-team all-state recognition. The Rams finished 13th (3,116) of 16 teams during qualifying play. As a sophomore, he had a 514 series as Whitehall finished 15th (3,076) of 16 teams.

The top eight teams advance to championship play.

Junior Jessica Gress represented the girls team at district, tying for 15th (538) of 104 bowlers.

Briggs' Dakota Fink (708), DeSales' Skyla Blumenscheid (581) and Delaware's Kelsey Rohrer (580) earned the three individual state berths.

"I am so proud of Jessica for making it as far as she did," coach Lorie Shaw said. "My proudest moment of the day was - although upset with her performance - she gathered her emotions and congratulated Dakota on her win."

Central (3,785), Big Walnut (3,629) and South (3,465) were the three qualifying teams for state Friday, March 8, at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.

Two wrestlers compete at district tournament

Senior Rashaad Strickland and sophomore Mike Dawkins represented the wrestling program in the Division I district tournament March 1 and 2 at Hilliard Darby.

Strickland, who missed last season with a knee injury, went 0-2 at 120 pounds to finish 37-9.

"It was a great experience being back," Strickland said. "I made it (to district) my freshman and sophomore years. I'm proud of myself for being here. ... I'm proud of myself after taking a whole year off. I'm proud of everything that my coaches taught me, freshman, sophomore and senior year. I'm happy that I got to this position."

Dawkins went 0-2 at 132 to finish 34-13. He was competing in his first district tournament.

Coach Steve Pennington expects a strong nucleus to return next season, led by Dawkins, junior Andrew Dickens (220), sophomore Jace Peck (12-2, 138) and freshman Shea Jordan (23-18, 106). Peck missed the second half of the season with a knee injury, and Dickens missed part of the season after suffering two concussions.

Others eligible to return are junior Carter Paddock (132), sophomores Peter Gibson (195), Dashani Hale (195), Brad Holley (170), Michael Miles (182), David Winegarner (160) and David Woods (heavyweight) and freshmen Noah Church (220), Carlos Rodriguez (182) and Austin Whistle (113).

"We have such a young team," Pennington said. "We only have two seniors. I like what we have coming back."

Boys basketball team falls to host Newark

The boys basketball team saw its season end March 1 with a 61-43 loss at ninth-seeded Newark in the second round of the Division I district tournament.

The 31st-seeded Rams, who had a first-round bye, finished 10-13 overall.

Dorsien Butler led Whitehall with eight points.

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