Conference championships are in the record books for Portage County bowling teams with sectional and district results stepping into the spotlight.
The Rootstown boys and girls teams ran away with the Portage Trail Conference championship tournaments at Spins Bowl in Kent, earning the Rovers their first banner-winning performance in the teams’ histories.
The Rover boys finished with a 4,140 pinfall, besting second-place Lake Center Christian by 722 pins. On the way to the victory, the Rovers also swept the individual medals, led by Mason Bartholomy’s 237-655 and Sean Boveington’s 246-579 high series and high game, respectively.
The Rovers only lost one match during the season to Lake Center and finished with a 7-1 record.
For the girls, Rootstown’s 3,332 led the way for the tournament championship, outscoring Lake Center Christian by 654 pins.
The Rovers’ Payton Curall led with a 183 high game and 524 high series.
The girls from Rootstown were undefeated for the PTC season, marching through the matches for a 12-0 record.
The Rover boys are coached by Thom Butcher with Andy Day guiding the girls.
Kent Roosevelt boys and girls seventh at Suburban League bowling tournament
The Kent Roosevelt boys and girls teams competed in the Suburban League championship at Charger Lanes in Norton.
The Kent girls earned a seventh-place spot in the league (2,679) led by Tara Sefchick’s 178-496.
The story for the boys was again senior Matt Richards earning the runner-up series of 736 with a high game of 266.
Kent landed in seventh place after putting together a tournament pinfall of 3,618.
Ravenna boys, Cloverleaf girls win Metro Conference bowling titles
The Ravenna boys continued their solid bowling in the Metro Conference Championship, narrowly winning the conference tournament with 4,068 pins to Springfield’s 3,984.
The Ravens’ Parker Addison (237-737) and Jacob Champ (650) were named to the all-tournament team for their first and second high series respectively.
Streetsboro finished in fifth place as Connor Stevens bowled a 237-634 on his way to the third high series of the event.
The girls representing Ravenna bowled a 3,054 total, good for third place and just 238 pins short of tournament leader Cloverleaf.
Libby Remley tossed the high series for the Ravena, a 470 including a high game of 166. Ashlyn Williams also added a 166 game to Ravenna’s total.
Rootstown bowler Nick Neiswanger rolls 300 game
Rootstown junior Nick Neiswanger finished his season with a 300 game against Lake Center Christian, leading the Rovers to a 7-1 PTC record.
Neiswanger literally saved the best for last, tossing the 12 strikes in the second of two games as the regular season concluded.
Neiswanger started his two-game set with a 246 game for a solid 546 series.
It was Neiswanger’s first perfect game and the fourth individual 300 game in Rovers’ history and fifth for the team.
Kevin Kommel, Joey Ault and Josh Flachbart each had 300 games when they were bowling for the Rovers.
The team of Kevin Kommel, Mike Jenior, Ben Jenior, Nick Edington and Chris LeComte put together a team Baker game in 2008 against Garfield at Sky Lanes.