GALION — Victory Lanes in Galion was a busy place this past week. Starting on Monday Feb. 6 and concluding on Wednesday Feb. 8, the local bowling alley was the site for the Crawford County Bowling Tournament for area high school bowling clubs and teams.
Scoring for the tourney was the total of three games with the handicap included.
On Monday, eight teams started the tournament with hopes of capturing a county championship.
The boys squad from Colonel Crawford met up with the Bulldogs from Crestline, with the win going to Crestline; 2,913-2,693. Wynford was paired up against the Bucyrus Redmen, and Bucyrus would move on to the second round by defeating the Royals; 3,189-2,821. Galion faced off against the boys from Buckeye Central and Galion won 3,029-2,865.
Just two girls teams met on Monday. Crestline defeated Buckeye Central, 2,722-2,690 to move on to the second round. Wynford, Galion and Bucyrus had first-round byes.
With Bucyrus’ win over Wynford, they received a bye to the championship round. This left the Galion Tigers against the Crestline Bulldogs to roll-off against one another on Tuesday. Galion defeated the Crestline squad 2,951-2,691, which earned them a spot in the championship game on Wednesday against the Bucyrus Redmen.
In action on Tuesday for the girls, Crestline defeated Wynford, 2,846-2,761 to advance to the final round. Galion would join the Lady “Bowl Dogs” in championship game by upending Bucyrus, 2,715-2,609.
So, the county championship games were set. For the boys, Galion would square off against the club from Bucyrus, hoping to defend their title from last season. The girls team from Galion, also champs from a year ago, would bowl against Crestline.
Galion’s boys team lost its contest with Bucyrus by a final score of 2,982-2,777.
The Tigers bowled games of 887, 964 and 926 with their handicap of 142. Austin Rinehart would have the top game of the day, bowling a 212 in the second game. Aaron Stewart would finish with the top three-game series for Galion with a combined score of 544. Other series scores for Galion were: Rinehart, 523; Dylan Ruth, 463; Jacob Lear, 426; David Riddle, 395.
Bucyrus used games of 1,048, 946 and 988 to defeat the Tigers. The Redmen team handicap was a 149. Alexx Moore would be the top game roller and three game series roller for Bucyrus. Moore had a game one score of 245, 74 pins above his average of 171. Moore went on to bowl a series of 602.
Crestline won the girls’ county championship, defeating Galion 2,863-2,827.
Galion would roll games of 924, 915 and 988, with a handicap of 306 included. Sara Misura would capture the top game of the day and the high three-game series for the Lady Tigers. Misura bowled a 184 in the third and final game and earned the top series with an overall score of 481.Other series scores for Galion were: Brooklyn Potter, 366; Stevi Ness, 358; Lexi Hadamuscin, 355; Macy Eicher, 349.
The Lady “Bowl Dogs” used games of 1,055, 926 and 882 (handicap of 315) to edge the Lady Tigers. Madison Huber was the top bowler for Crestline on the day, earning both the top game and three-game series honors. Huber bowled a first game score of 180 and tallied a total of 460 pins over the span of the three games.
Galion will now set its’ sights on the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference championships to be held at Marysville Lanes on Saturday, Feb. 11. After that, the postseason starts with sectionals competition.
The girls will be in action on Friday Feb. 17 at Star Lanes at the Harbor in Port Clinton, with bowling set to start at 5 p.m. Galion’s boys will also be up in Port Clinton on Saturday. Feb. 18 with the tournament set to start at noon.
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