The Jonathan Alder girls bowling team added another trophy to the team’s trophy case following a championship victory by the Alder Red team at the second annual Pioneer Baker Invitational held Saturday, Dec. 10 at Plain City Lanes.
The Alder Red team edged runner-up Northmor in the finals.
The 10-game Baker qualifying round resulted in the No. 1 seed Jonathan Alder-Red (1,823), followed by Northmor (1,612), No. 3 North Union (1,488) and No. 4 Buckeye Valley (1,460) advancing the four of them to the best out of three semifinals. Other teams who failed to advance included Washington Court House (1,432), Miami Trace (1,425), London (1,189), Big Walnut (1,162), Jonathan Alder-Black (1,152) and Fairbanks (1,099).
In the semifinals Jonathan Alder-Red defeated Buckeye Valley 2-0 by scores of 181-143 and 179-140. Northmor defeated North Union 182-171 and 158-150 to also reach the finals.
The final turned out to be a rematch of the 2016 finals and the Lady Pioneers defeated Northmor 2-0, by scores of 154-145,(184-153) to capture their first tournament title of the season.
“All of the ladies bowled fantastic today in front of the home crowd, tossing lots of strikes and converting a very high spare percentage,” coach Rusty Walter said. “In game four of the qualifying round the ladies bowled a 276 Baker game. The girls strung together the first nine strikes and a crushed 9-pin by Mackenzie (Heimlich) in the 10th frame that cost them a shot at a 300 game. That game was super exciting and the whole place was going crazy.
“It was a great tournament and thanks to all the schools, bowlers, and parents who attended the tournament and for supporting Jonathan Alder bowling and high school bowling.
The boys tournament was won by Buckeye Valley who knocked off Miami Trace in the final.
The 10-game Baker qualifying round resulted in Buckeye Valley earning the No. 1 seed (1,792), followers by Miami Trace (1,766), Jonathan Alder-Red (1,764) and Washington Court House (1,683) all advanced to the semifinals. The rest of the scores had North Union (1,464) fifth, followed by Jonathan Alder-Black (1,381), Big Walnut (1,371), Fairbanks (1,358), Northmor (1,264) and London (1,225).
In one semifinal Buckeye Valley defeated Washington Court House (2-0). In the other, Miami Trace defeated host Jonathan Alder-Red 2-1, with scores of 225-172, 122-166, 169-159.
“Buckeye Valley has a team loaded with seniors and is very strong this season,” Walter said. “The Pioneer boys bowled well on demanding lane conditions during the boys shift, and it came down to a missed couple spares in the Baker finals and Trace bowled well enough to advance to the finals.”
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