COLUMBUS — Besides the accomplishment of having both its boys and girls bowling teams make the Division II state championship tournaments, the Jonathan Alder bowling teams didn’t exactly have a lot to smile about over the weekend at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.
The Lady Pioneers had their season end with a seventh-place finish Friday, March 3, and the Alder boys placed 11th in the second day of state competition Saturday, March 4.
The boys team found itself in eighth place after the qualifying round’s three regular games, sporting a score of 2,755 (866-1,009-880). The Pioneers however were unable to hold that place and failed to make the finals after the three Baker games.
Their Baker game total was 504, with scores of 178, 188 and 138, that total brought the overall pin count for Alder to 3,259. That was 50 pins behind the eighth and final spot which qualified for the championship round.
“We struggled that last Baker game,” Jonathan Alder High School coach Rusty Walter said. “The boys had to a have a solid last Baker game, and we struggled to get that game going. Overall the team rolled the ball really well, we just uncharacteristically missed a lot of make-able spares all day and we just put ourselves in a hole.”
“The field was really even and every game and Baker game was big. All the mistakes added up to just missing the cut by 50 pins.”
The state team title was earned by St. Mary’s Memorial, which edged Hillsboro in the final.
The biggest bright spot for the Pioneers was the performance by freshman Jacob Schrock. He put together a 638 series with games of 179, 267 and 192. His total placed him seventh overall and earned him second team All-Ohio honors.
“Jacob Schrock had a great day,” Walter said. “The second game Jacob rolled the front nine strikes to start the game and left a really good 10-pin on the 10th ball.”
Senior Nathan Sullivan finished 27th (596) with games of 168, 218 and 205. Junior Zach Otto was 39th (577) rolling a pair of 188s and a 201. Sophomore Andrew Clark rolled games of 178 and 157, senior Brandon Nichols had games of 153 and 179, while junior Josh Schrock got a chance to roll at the state’s biggest tournament recording a 157.
“The boys had a great season, won a MOAC League championship and league tournament, sectional championship and a fifth district title,” Walter said. “Next season we return four of our top six bowlers with some really good freshman, sophomores and incoming eighth graders bowling in the program.”
The Lady Pioneers should also be in good shape next season.
“Both teams look to keep improving in the off-season and keep working to move up as one of the state’s premier high school bowling programs,” Walter said. “With juniors Rena Kirts, Rachel Kaeser, Hallie Nichols, Zach Otto and Josh Schrock all returning the goals for next season are for a fourth straight trip to state for the ladies, and another trip back for the boys team.”
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