Two Nordonia High School bowlers are headed to the Division I district tournament.

Those two are sophomore Ryan Liederbach and senior Nick Vanni.

They both qualified for districts by virtue of their performance at the sectional tournament on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Midway Lanes in Tallmadge.

The top five boys teams qualified for the district tournament, as well as the top five individuals not part of a qualifying squad.

Liederbach rolled a 610 series, including a 227 game. Vanni, meanwhile, posted a 576 series, which included a 208 game.

According to Nordonia head coach Bob Glontz, Liederbach and Vanni produced the top performances for the Knights.

"They were the best Nordonia bowlers out there," said Glontz. "They had a hard time in the Baker Games, but they bowled really well in the three regular games prior to that."

The Nordonia girls bowling team participated in the Division I sectional tournament Feb. 17 at Roseland Lanes. Unfortunately, none of the Lady Knights were able to qualify for districts.

Junior Dominique Diblasi led the way for Nordonia. She rolled a 440 series and a 180 game.

"For whatever reason, the kids weren't able to hit their marks, kind of like the boys the previous day," said Glontz. "Overall, it was a pretty tough weekend for us."

The district tournament is scheduled for Feb. 23, at Crest Lanes in Warren.

Once again, the top five boys teams and the top five individuals not part of a qualifying squad will advance to the next level.

In this case, the next level is the State Tournament, scheduled for the following weekend.

Glontz indicated that Liederbach and Vanni both have a good shot at making it to Columbus.

"Ryan actually bowled a bit under his average [at the sectional tournament]," said Glontz. "He had a 212 average in the conference this past season. I think he'll need a 640 or 650 series to advance. He'll have to bowl well, there's no doubt about it. Nick will, too, but he's just as capable as Ryan. He's bowled some good series this season."


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