Bowling: Worthington Christian Warriors girls place eighth in Division II state tournament

Jarrod Ulrey
ThisWeek group

In its second consecutive appearance in the Division II state tournament, the Worthington Christian girls bowling team took a significant step forward. 

The Warriors followed a 15th-place finish last year by advancing to the championship round as the eighth seed Feb. 26 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl. 

With a 3-0 loss to top-seeded and eventual champion Coldwater (221-128, 192-160 and 161-156) in the first round of bracket competition, Worthington Christian finished eighth overall.

“I’m proud of them, especially the seniors,” coach Matt Hamilton said. 

Worthington Christian coach Matt Hamilton talks to his team between games during the Division II girls state bowling tournament Feb. 26 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.

Worthington Christian opened state with games of 777, 871 and 806 for the fifth-best score during regulation play but struggled in Baker games, posting scores of 114, 165 and 149. 

Still, the 2,882 the Warriors scored in the qualifying round gave them a three-pin advantage over Sandusky Perkins for the final spot in the championship round. 

In the qualifying round, senior Hope Nyland finished 23rd (544), followed by seniors Abby Lanker (26th, 532), Emily Weishaar (31st, 514) and Lilly Marsh (40th, 490). Sophomores Cierra Mudge and Audrey Sanders also competed. 

“It was getting in our heads a little,” Lanker said. “Our team is notorious for getting in our heads sometimes, but it is what it is. We pushed past it and got eighth in the state. It’s pretty impressive.” 

In the Division II boys state tournament Feb. 27 at Wayne Webb’s, Ready senior Luke Jahn tied for 59th (498).

“It was really fun,” he said. “It was really humbling and a really good lesson going forward.”

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