BUCYRUS – Looks like the Galion girls are unstoppable in the Crawford County Bowling Tournament.
The Tigers won their third straight title on Saturday behind a dominant performance from their top two bowlers. Meanwhile, Wynford upset rival Bucyrus in the Baker games to avoid another three-peat and win their first county boys title.
Galion girls dominate the competition
This was never really up for debate.
After a thrilling run of Baker games last year to claim the crown, Galion came out strong with games of 847 – 219 higher than anyone else – 757 and 811 for a total of 2,415 pins. That gave the Tigers a 468-pin lead over second-place Wynford.
Zoe Fray and Abby Crager were on fire in the first round, bowling games of 202-208-1992-602 and 233-123-181-537 respectively – the only girl bowlers to hit series over 500. Kadence Fairchild (446) and Missi Vonhoupe (431) finished fourth and fifth individually and Neavia Cansler’s 399 made up the team total.
Led by third-highest individual Miya Kinn (467), Wynford was second with 1,947 after the first round. Kendall Naufzinger (411), Savannah Bender (408), Cheyenne Dunford (337) and a combination of Samantha Dornbirer (99) and Brooklin Brown (225) all contributed.
In the best-of-three Baker Games championship, Galion opened with a 154 against Wynford’s 122, then took the title with a 164-109 win in the second Baker game for the three-peat.
Bucyrus (2,385) was third behind Maddison McDaniel (421), Rylee Powers (414), Katie Kuhn (394), Marissa Eulett (379) and Kailey Horsley (223).
Buckeye Central (2232) fourth as the only school to compete as a club team behind Jayleen Spaulding (411), Isis Wagner (404), Faye Betts (281), Brookyln Kern (229) and Carleen Fredritz (191).
Wynford boys make championship comeback
With a 16-pin lead over rival Wynford after the first round, it looked like Bucyrus was well on his way to another provincial title.
Bucyrus threw matches of 884, 911 and 960 for a 2,755. Gabe Higginbotham (634) led the way with the second highest individual score of the day, followed by Tyson McDaniel (576), Lucas Hill (539), Braxton Lewis (508), Seth Price (319) and Hyden Rittenberry (179) .
That score was beaten by the Royals’ 2,862 behind gold medalist Tyler Bindner’s 734. Kobie Naufzinger’s 610 was third best of the day, with Brian Schifer (537), Sebastian Prince (456), Robert Schifer (347) and Isaiah Bender (187) rounding out the score.
Bucyrus threw games of 168, 202, 187 and 189 for a 749 in the Baker games to jump Wynford (623) first. Both teams advanced to the Baker series best-of-three championship with Bucyrus scoring a 3.501 and Wynford a 3.485.
Scores were wiped clean and Wynford defeated Bucyrus 243-211 in the first game and then dominated the second 214-148 for the program’s first provincial title.
Crestline (3,268) finished third behind Hunter Farrel (609), who was fourth overall, and Nick Huber (599), who was fifth. Also contributed were Hunter Gibbons (543), Blake Fuiler (423), and Luke Ouial (295).
Galion (2,824) was fourth behind Nathan Barre (543), Brady Dalenburg (520), AJ Clark (409), Dravin Morgan (400) and Ethan Click (399).
Travis Zornes (364), Mason Clay (296), Caden Young (288), Coy Fredritz (276) and Lucas Cianflone (225) led Buckeye Central (1,890) to fifth place.