Northmor girls take 10th at state


Rinehart named All-Ohio

By Rob Hamilton - [email protected]



Northmor’s Kourtney Rinehart placed 12th in the state meet to earn honorable mention All-Ohio recognition.

Northmor’s Kourtney Rinehart placed 12th in the state meet to earn honorable mention All-Ohio recognition.


Rob Hamilton | Morrow County Sentinel

The Northmor girls’ bowling team, coached by Russ Montgomery (left) watch during competition at the state meet on Saturday.


Rob Hamilton | Morrow County Sentinel

The Northmor girls’ bowling team inched closer to qualifying for the eight-team single elimination tournament part of the Division II state meet on Saturday.

Competing at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, the Golden Knight girls had finished 16th in 2020 and 13th in 2021, but improved to 10th place this year.

A total of 16 teams make the state meet. All of them bowl three regulation games, as well as three Baker games, with the top eight squads advancing to a single-elimination tournament to determine the state champion. That tournament was won by Wooster Triway, who topped Napoleon in the championship.

Northmor missed out on the single-elimination tournament by 61 pins. They were only 11 out of eighth place after the three regulation games, but could not get over the hump during the Baker games.

“The girls worked hard to get to state this year,” said head coach Russ Montgomery. “We could have done better at picking up spares and we would have finished higher than 10th. The top four teams really separated themselves, so the middle eight teams fluctuated a lot. We were only down 11 after three games.”

Northmor was in 10th place after regulation games of 749, 728 and 795. However, a total of 479 pins over their three Baker games did not permit them to rise any farther in the team standings. However, with four of his five competing girls returning next year, the coach feels that with some improving, his team has the potential to be in it for the long haul.

“We’ve got to get the underclassmen to understand the importance of the first ball, bowling mechanics and picking up spares,” he said. “This is our third straight appearance and fourth since 2017. We look forward to this every year.”

A high point for the Lady Golden Knights was the performance of junior Kourtney Rinehart, who earned honorable mention All-Ohio status for placing 12th overall. Rinehart bowled games of 190, 187 and 191 to finish with a total of 568 pins.

“It feels different; it’s a good feeling, I guess,” she said of her top-15 placement. “It was a little rough, but all-in-all, I didn’t do bad.”

Rinehart felt that her team had a good performance, too — something she’s noticed all year.

“Overall, my team really stepped up this year,” she said. “They paid more attention and focused more.”

Junior Taylor Cantrell finished tied for 49th with 468 pins, while senior Kahlan Ball was 62nd with 439. Also, sophomore Emma Rinehart took 70th with 415 and freshman Emily Ball was 73rd with 383.

Northmor’s Kourtney Rinehart placed 12th in the state meet to earn honorable mention All-Ohio recognition.
https://www.galioninquirer.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/38/2022/03/web1_kourtneyrinehart.jpgNorthmor’s Kourtney Rinehart placed 12th in the state meet to earn honorable mention All-Ohio recognition. Rob Hamilton | Morrow County Sentinel

The Northmor girls’ bowling team, coached by Russ Montgomery (left) watch during competition at the state meet on Saturday.
https://www.galioninquirer.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/38/2022/03/web1_northmorbowlers.jpgThe Northmor girls’ bowling team, coached by Russ Montgomery (left) watch during competition at the state meet on Saturday. Rob Hamilton | Morrow County Sentinel
Rinehart named All-Ohio

By Rob Hamilton

[email protected]

Rob Hamilton can be reached at 419-946-3010, ext. 1807. Connect with him on Twitter at @SportsMCS

Rob Hamilton can be reached at 419-946-3010, ext. 1807. Connect with him on Twitter at @SportsMCS