Many local bowlers advance through sectionals into district meet
By ROB HAMILTON
The Cardington girls bowling team placed second in their sectional meet to advance to districts in their bid to make a return trip to the state level of competition.
The Pirates finished with 3584 pins to only finish behind the total of 3757 knocked down by Briggs. Team totals are composed of three individual matches, followed by a series of six Baker games where team members alternate frames.
There were a total of two girls’ and two boys’ sectionals held last weekend. The top nine teams, as well as a number of individuals, advanced to this week’s district action.
Morgan Edgell led Cardington by finishing third overall with a score of 590. Esther Elliott was fifth with 553 pins, while Austin Elliott took sixth with 544.
Those three Pirate bowlers took part in all three individual games. Adding to the team total with either one or two individual games were Morgan Walker, Lexia Wilson and Lindsey Gilmore.
Mount Gilead finished 11th with 2599 pins. Rachael Groves finished in a tie for 28th with a score of 446, while Leanne Fleming was 32nd at 437 pins and Mischelle McCoy took 38th with 421. Also participating were Lauren Miller, Cheyenne Fleming and Natasha Casey.
Taking 20th place was Gilead Christian and their total of 2202.
Kirsten Mohre finished 70th with 344 pins, while Sonya Grubb took 76th with 336 and Rebecca Freeman was 84th with a total of 321. Also, Nadia Grubb took 113th with 253 pins. Cassie Smotherman, Brooke Swartzentruber and Madison Mosher also participated for the Eagles.
In the second girls’ sectional, Highland took the ninth and final team spot in districts with 2812 pins.
Tori Carmickle finished 17th overall with 448 pins, while Cassie Brant was 33rd with 415, Anisha Orso finished 35th with 405, Kinnis White placed 45th with 378 and Ashley Koob was 62nd with 340.
Northmor claimed 22nd place overall with a total of 2131. Kenzie Cass took 68th with 328 pins, while Whitney Layne placed 75th with 318. Jordan Swim took 80th with a total of 312. Also, Kelsey Poretti was 99th with 284 pins and Jenna Hykes took 105th with 267 pins.
In one of the boys’ sectionals, both the Cardington and Highland teams, as well as one Gilead Christian individual, advanced to districts.
The Pirates finished third as a team with 3811 pins. Jacob Long finished seventh overall with 619 pins, while Garrett Boller took 12th with 587.
Aaron Sanders placed 42nd with 511, while Liam Chandler took 54th with a total of 497 and Noah Linstedt finished 80th with 462 pins.
Highland was fifth overall with a total score of 3696. Alec Harris placed 17th with 562 pins to pace the Scots, while Gaige Goodman was 35th with a score of 521.
Devin Schoellkopf was 53rd with 498 pins, Isaiah Whitt took 57th with 492 and Will Schindley placed in a tie for 61st with 485 pins.
While Gilead Christian was only 25th with 2884, they did move one bowler to districts, as Sammy Stiffler took 25th with a score of 545. Nick Kerman finished 90th with 424 pins and Zachary Baker was 113th with 345.
Danny Bruce, Alex Butterfield, Brad Mohre and Daniel Freeman also bowled games for the Eagles.
Mount Gilead finished 20th with 3219 pins. Joshua Casey placed 37th with 520 pins, while Shawn Conkle took 39th with 516. Donovan Goff finished 61st with 485, Andrew Lyons placed 103rd with 374 and Justin Dixon was 105th with 365.
In the other sectional, Northmor placed 29th with 2252 pins.
Kathryn Hile was 98th with 365, Austin Yarnell placed 111th with 333, Andrew Yarnell bowled 112th with 324, Jesamie Houghtby took 118th with 303 and Ciaara Moore was 121st with 291 pins.
The league bowling meet took place on Saturday, Feb. 9 at Blue Fusion, Marion.
In the boys’ meet, Cardington won the Blue Division with 4189 pins, while Northmor was fourth and Mount Gilead took fifth. Highland won the Red with 4027 pins. Garrett Boller and Liam Chandler of Cardington and Devin Schoellkopf of Highland were all first-team MOAC bowlers.
The girls’ meet saw Cardington win the Blue with 3754 pins, while Mount Gilead was third and Northmor finished fifth. Highland took second in the Red Division. Cardington’s Esther Elliott and Morgan Edgall as well as Mount Gilead’s LeAnne Fleming, were first-team bowlers.
Boller of Cardington and Mount Gilead’s Fleming also were individual league champions in the event. Boller totaled 678 pins, while Fleming finished with a score of 610.