Trophy-hunting Pioneers


By Chris Miles - cmiles@civitasmedia.com



Members of the Jonathan Alder girls bowling team, which won the LeElla Baker Bash last weekend in Washington Court House, posses for a photo. From left are, Coach Rusty Walter, Rachel Kaeser, Trisha Fox, Mackenzie Heimlich, Hallie Nichols and Rena Kirts.


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Jonathan Alder’s Jacob Schrock eyes a shot during a match earlier this season.


Jay Gehres | Gehres Photography

Winning never gets old.

The Jonathan Alder girls bowling team would attest to that as it continues to rack up win after win and may have to get creative on where it starts storing the collection of trophies it’s acquired this season.

The girls walked away with the LeElla Bake Bash Championship last weekend in a tournament hosted by Washington Curt House. The title was the Lady Pioneers third this season, adding to the crowns already won at the Pioneer Bash and Buckeye Cup Classic.

Alder qualified second behind Hillsboro in the opening round. It then defeated Washington Court House (2-1) and topped Miami Trace (2-0) in the finals after Trace upset Hillsboro in the other semifinal.

“All of the ladies bowled great today in a Baker lineup of Hallie Nichols, Rena Kirts, Rachel Kaeser, Trisha Fox and Mackenzie Heimlich,” Walter said. “The ladies had a great day of spare shooting and tossing critical strikes when needed, they did a great up of setting Mack up to just have good shots to either win or lock out the other team for the win.

“The team is starting to climb to that next level and they are working hard to get there. We believe we are of the best teams in the Central District either Division I or II and the ladies want to work hard to prove it at the state level.”

The Alder boys teams qualified fourth in the 16-game qualifying round. Miami Trace, Hillsboro, Washington Court House and Jonathan Alder were among the top four teams which advanced to the championship round.

Miami Trace defeated the Pioneers (2-0). Trace went on to win the boys tournament team title. The boys team was made up of Josh Schrock, Jake Schrock, Brandon Nichols, Nathan Sullivan, Andrew Clark and Zach Otto.

“The boys bowled well today in Baker games, we had some really good Baker games and a couple games where we struggled to carry and missed a few spares,” Walter said. “The team is getting better and the coaches are expecting a strong finish with the league, sectional and district championships coming up starting Feb. 11.”

Members of the Jonathan Alder girls bowling team, which won the LeElla Baker Bash last weekend in Washington Court House, posses for a photo. From left are, Coach Rusty Walter, Rachel Kaeser, Trisha Fox, Mackenzie Heimlich, Hallie Nichols and Rena Kirts.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2017/01/web1_JA-girls-bowl.jpgMembers of the Jonathan Alder girls bowling team, which won the LeElla Baker Bash last weekend in Washington Court House, posses for a photo. From left are, Coach Rusty Walter, Rachel Kaeser, Trisha Fox, Mackenzie Heimlich, Hallie Nichols and Rena Kirts. Contributed photo

Jonathan Alder’s Jacob Schrock eyes a shot during a match earlier this season.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2017/01/web1_JDG_3491a_-JAHS.jpgJonathan Alder’s Jacob Schrock eyes a shot during a match earlier this season. Jay Gehres | Gehres Photography

By Chris Miles

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