For the Stow-Munroe Falls bowling teams, it was case of mission half accomplished Feb. 11 at the Suburban League Postseason Tournament at Legend Lanes in Cuyahoga Falls.

The Bulldog girls did their thing, winning the tournament with 3,658 pins. Copley was second in the 10-team girls field with 3,489 pins. That victory gave the Bulldog girls the overall league title following an undefeated dual meet season.

However, the Stow boys quest for the title came up just short, as the Bulldogs finished second in the 12-team boys field with 4,084 pins. Nordonia won the tournament with 4,213 pins, which gave the Knights the overall league title as well.

The format for the tournament was three regular games followed by five Baker games.

The Copley girls came out rolling in game one, taking a 934-857 lead over the Bulldogs after game one.

However, Stow then put up two excellent game, rolling a 973 in game two and 968 in game three. Stow led with 2,798 pins heading into the Baker games.

Stow was able to maintain its advantage during the Baker games, as it finished with a slight 860-855 edge over the Indians in the Bakers.

Individually, Stow left nothing to chance, as the Bulldogs had four girls finish in the top 10.

In fact, the Roberts sisters finished 1-2, as Taylor Roberts won the individual tournament with a 659 (212-247-200) and Hayley Roberts finished second with a 639 (187, 222, 230). Taylor Roberts' 247 was the high game of the tournament.

Stow also had Meghan Ritzinger finish eighth (547 -- 150, 184, 213) and Valerie Biley finish 10th (540 --179, 187, 174) in the individual race. Senior Annie Taylor (413 -- 129, 133, 151) had a bit of an off day.

Meanwhile, the Stow boys found themselves in a three-team dogfight for the title with Nordonia and Wadsworth.

The Bulldogs sat third in the team race with 1,009 pins after one game and 2,041 pins after two games. However, the Bulldogs reeled in Wadsworth with a 1,070 in game three, taking a score of 3,111 into the Baker games.

Stow score of 973 during the Baker games allowed them to pass Wadsworth to take second place. However, Nordonia rolled a score of 1,011 during the Bakers to claim the title.

Junior Nick Arlequeeuw continued his recent hot streak, finishing as Stow's top individual by taking third place with a 684 series (255, 221, 208).

Stow also had Christian Studt finish in eighth place with a 641 (193, 233, 215).

Alex Snowberger rolled a 613 (215, 203, 213), Scott Hopkins rolled a 602 (173, 194, 235) and Evan Koch rolled a 553 (173, 181, 199) for the Bulldogs.

Both Stow teams will open postseason play Feb. 19 at the Division I sectional tournament at Sky Lanes in Garrettsville. The girls tournament will begin at 9 a.m., while the boys tournament will begin at 2 p.m.

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