COLDWATER – Pla-Mor Lanes was the site of the final week of the West Ohio High School Bowling Conference regular season.
Ansonia, Mississinawa Valley and Versailles all were trying to lock in their final positions before this upcoming weekend’s divisional playoffs and as a tune-up for the upcoming sectional tournament.
Ansonia’s opponent was defending state champion Coldwater. Coldwater had one of those days that it always will remember. There was talk amongst the crowd of an all-time high score, but the bid fell short of that. The Cavaliers defeated Ansonia 3,246-1,653. The Cavaliers’ score would have beaten every other team in the conference this day.
“We were missing several key players today,” Ansonia coach Tyler Studebaker said. “We played several freshman. We knew it was going to be a struggle. Seth Philippi bowled very well. He’s been our lynch pin all year, a very good bowler.”
Ansonia is now 1-8 in conference play and 1-10 on the season.
Scoring leaders for the Tigers were Seth Philippi with a 139 and 194 and Trent Rader with 141 and 127.
Mississinawa Valley opened its match against St. Henry by taking the first game 851-834. The Redskins came back in game two with a 901-870 victory so the baker games would decide the outcome. The Blackhawks averaged 147.4 over the five Bakers, but St. Henry would roll an average of 171.2 to take the victory 2,591-2,458.
“St. Henry really came back on us,” MV coach Joe Teeter said. “We left a lot of pins out there. Dilyn Rammel 184, 184 had a good game and so did Andrew Reichard at 211, 159.”
Individual scores for Mississinawa Valley were Brandon White 130; Dilyn Rammel 184, 184; Andrew Reichard 211, 159; Dominic Rammel 124, 165; Joe Teeter 202, 180; Alex Longfellow 182.
The Blackhawks are now 4-5 in the Southern Division and 4-7 overall.
Versailles came into this match with Minster in a fight for divisional seeding order for Saturday’s playoffs. The Tigers took control of the contest early by winning both regular games and went on to take four of the five baker games for a 2,646-2,431 victory.
Versailles coach Tyler Phlipot was happy with his team’s performance.
“This was a big confidence booster,” he said. “We really came out of our shell. Minster is a good team. Alex Groff basically bowled three games with no opens. This was a total team effort.”
Individual scores for Versailles were: Alex Groff 190, 218; Jacob Wenig 178, 200; Kyle Cotner 181,158; Luke Shellhass 172, 160; Quayd Pearsom 154.
Versailles advanced to 7-4 on the season with a 6-3 conference record.
The boys will be back in action Saturday at Westgate Lanes in Lima for the WOHSBC divisional playoffs. The boys Ohio High School Athletic Association sectional tournament will be on Feb. 10 at Poelking Marian Lanes in Huber Heights.