HUBER HEIGHTS – Ansonia, Mississinawa Valley and Versailles were among the 26 schools that competed in the 2016 Ohio High School Athletic Association boys Division II bowling sectional tournament held at Poelking Marian Lanes on Wednesday.
The top 10 teams would advance to the district tournament along with the top 10 bowlers from non-qualifying schools. Versailles qualified as a team and Mississinawa Valley’s Joe Teeter qualified as an individual.
Versailles qualified for the district tournament by finishing eighth overall with 3,711 pins.
The Tigers struggled in team game one. Their 760 total found them in 19th place. This is where they started their drive to the district.
After two games Versailles was in 16th place but was just 65 pins from the 10th place position. At the conclusion of the third and final team game the Tigers had moved up to 13th position and were now just 30 pins out of advancement position.
The baker games would determine Versailles’ fate. After three bakers the Tigers had rolled the second highest score overall for the three games, and this catapulted them into ninth place.
After all six Bakers were completed the Tigers registered the fourth highest score for the six games and settled them into eighth place.
“We started out slow but finished strong,” Versailles coach Tyler Phlipot said. “The 245 baker game was the highest we’ve had all year. We needed to come on strong in the bakers. I’m proud of how they worked hard all year.”
Individual scores for Versailles were: Alex Groff: 156, 158, 184; Kyle Cotner: 216, 187, 205; Jacob Wenig: 143, 178, 168; Brody Hyre: 154, 178; Luke Shellhaas: 132, 202, 177.
Joe Teeter led the Mississinawa Valley squad with a 668 series. This was the second highest score among individuals on non-qualifying teams. Teeter carries nearly a 200 average.
Overall the Blackhawks got 3,142 pins good for 21st position.
“We did about what we usually do, finish around 20th,” Mississinawa Valley coach Joe Teeter said. “Everybody really did a good job. The lane pattern was fairly easy today.”
Individual scores for Mississinawa Valley were: Joe Teeter: 211, 212, 245; Dominic Rammel: 123, 123, 132; Alex Longfellow: 116; Andrew Reichard: 117; Brandon White: 147, 140, 127; Lucas Newbauer: 141,155; Matt Slyder: 142, 133.
Ansonia cleared 2,821 pins good for 23rd place on the day. The Tigers trailed the Miami Valley School heading into the baker round but won the day with more consistent scoring.
“We had some great bakers,” Ansonia coach Tyler Studebaker said. “Thought Seth (Phillippi) may have had a chance to make singles, but it looks like he didn’t. Everyone bowled well. Freshmen bowled well above their averages. Seniors are John (Fischer), Trent (Rader) and Seth. They did a great job today.”
Individual scores for Ansonia were: Seth Phillippi: 154, 164, 198; John Fischer: 180, 175, 113; Trent Rader: 138, 106, 162; Jedd Rismiller: 130, 137; Allen Christman: 72; Jeremy Rismiller: 81; Sam Rhoades: 86, 109.