The bowling season has concluded for Portage County bowlers with several extending the season as far as they could go, the state tournament.
With the final bowling ball rolled down the lane on Saturday at the OHSAA Division I state tournament, it is time for a few congratulations.
Athletes, following district and regional tournaments, are proud to say, “I’m going to state.” That simple phrase says it all since athletes, including bowlers, have made it as far as they can go in their favorite sport.
Crestwood bowlers Emily Linamen and Sydney Coburn took it another step.
In the Div. II state championship, both girls came home with “All-State” following their names.
The two Red Devils bowled their way into the top 10 of more than 207 athletes competing at the girls championship.
For Linamen, a junior who has been bowling her entire life, a 595 series pushed her into fourth place. She saved the best for her final game of the three-game set, a solid 215 game that provided that coveted designation “All-State.”
Coburn, a senior, finished in 10th place, bowling a 570 series with a 212 high game.
At the state tournament, individual bowlers finishing in third through 12th place were only separated by 20 pins in the competitive competition at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.
Triway captured the team championship, topping Napoleon in the bracketed finals led by Emma Yoder, a sophomore from Triway, rolling the high series, a 718.
For the Rootstown Rovers, competing at the boys Div. II state championship for the second consecutive year, it was a move up from 2021.
The Rovers had finished in 14th place their first year as a team at the state event. This year, they moved up two notches to conclude their season in the top dozen in the state.
The Rovers missed making it into the championship round, the top eight teams, by just 252 pins.
The Rovers were led by junior Carson Flowers, in 26th place, bowling a 568 series with a high game of 227.
The rest of the team concluded their season with a 532 for Nick Neiswanger, a 517 for senior Logan Furry, 581 for senior Mason Bartholomy with both Sean Corley and Sean Boveington contributing at the state tournament.
Mechanicsburg won the team championship, besting runner-up Coldwater.
Matt Richards finishes 44th in Div. I finals
Matt Richards, the Kent Roosevelt senior, concluded his high school career with three consecutive trips to the state championship, player of the year honors in the Suburban League and 11 300 games as well as tournament titles.
His trip to state did not go as he planned.
His coaches knew the state championship was well within his grasp, but it was not to be.
Terry Adolph, the Rough Riders coach, said the finale ended with unexpected results, a 570 series with games of 211 and 266.
“The lanes got toasted,” said Adolph. “Matt had a hard-luck game of 133 but it was a deficit that was too large to overcome.”
Richards battled back with those two 200 games but it wasn’t enough to make the first team.
“Matt had a stellar four years with Kent Roosevelt,” said Adolph.
This article originally appeared on Record-Courier: The high school bowling season has concluded for Portage County