The Nordonia High School boys bowling team is headed back to the Division I district tournament.
The Knights finished third in a field of 14 squads at the sectional tournament Feb. 19 at Sky Lanes in Garrettsville. The top four teams advanced to the district round of competition.
Nordonia totaled 958 pins in the first game, 881 in the second, and 952 in the third for a total of 2,791 pins in regulation play. Then the Knights rolled Baker Games of 169-165-176-151-182-209 for a Baker total of 1,052.
Boardman won the sectional championship with 4,026 pins. Walsh Jesuit was second (3,866), while Nordonia racked up 3,843 pins to place third. Stow-Munroe Falls also qualified for the district tournament with 3,777 pins.
Nordonia freshman Tyler Juriga and senior Alex Cunningham tied for 20th place with a 533 series. Juriga bowled regulation match games of 191-158-184, while Cunningham rolled games of 183-171-179.
Nordonia senior Nolan Postolka finished in 27th place with a 508 series. He recorded regulation match games of 166-185-157.
The Nordonia girls, meanwhile, finished eighth in a field of 14 teams at the sectional tournament.
Nordonia accumulated 720 pins in the first game, 821 in the second, and 662 in the third for a total of 2,203 pins in regulation play. Then the Lady Knights rolled Baker Games of 159-159-163-136-130-109 for a Baker total of 856.
Put their regulation play score and Baker Games together, and the Nordonia girls finished with a pin count of 3,059.
"The girls bowled well," said Nordonia girls coach Larry Strimple. "The biggest problem was that it was a wood house, and we're not used to wood. It was more difficult for us. We struggled early."
Warren Harding claimed the sectional championship on the girls' side with 3,526 pins. Howland finished second with 3,497 pins, followed by Stow-Munroe Falls (3,317) and Twinsburg (3,226). All four teams qualified for the district round of competition.
"We missed the cut by 168 pins," said Strimple.
Freshman Kara Freyhauf led the way for the Lady Knights. Once all of the individual bowlers who qualified for districts as part of a team were taken out of consideration, Freyhauf finished fifth overall with a 509 series. When taking those other bowlers into consideration, she finished 13th overall.
Freyhauf's regulation match games were 137-201-171. Senior Hannah Luketic was next for Nordonia with games of 157-182-138 for a 477 series.
In addition, senior Morgan Rittenberger bowled games of 157-154-122 for a 433 series. Junior Kenzie Pitts rolled games of 123-174-120 for a 417 series.
The Division I boys district tournament will be at Hall of Fame Lanes in Canton Feb. 26 at noon. The top six teams at districts will punch their ticket to the state tournament in Columbus March 11.
However, the 2016-17 season is over for the Nordonia girls squad. The Lady Knights finished the campaign with a match play record of 6-6, as well as a mark of 5-6 in the Suburban League.