While the Stow-Munroe Falls bowling teams might not have finished atop their respective sectional tournaments, the Bulldogs still rolled on to districts.
Both the Stow boys and girls bowling teams competed at the Division I sectional tournament at Sky Lanes in Garrrettsville Feb. 19. In a field of some of the top teams in the state, the top four teams advanced to the district tournament.
Stow's girls finished third in a tight competition with 3,317 pin. Warren Harding won the girls team title with 3,526 pins, while Warren Howland (3,497) and Kenston (3,231) also advanced.
In the boys competition later in the day, Stow scored the fourth and final qualifying spot with 3,777 pins, finishing 118 pins ahead of fifth-place Kent Roosevelt. Boardman won the boys tournament with 4,026 pins, while Walsh Jesuit (3,866) and Nordonia (3,843) also advanced.
The Stow girls struggled a bit during the three regular games. After rolling an 820 to start, Stow rolled a 736 in game two and 793 in game three. That meant Stow went into the six Baker games with 2,349 pins, which had them sitting fourth place, just 18 pins ahead of Austintown-Fitch in fifth.
The Bulldogs responded, however, with the best Baker game series of the tournament with score of 968. That allowed Stow to leapfrog Kenston into third place by an 84-pin margin.
Senior Valerie Biley led the Bulldogs, finishing fifth in the individual race with a 545 series (213-173-159). Howland's Jessica Guesman won the individual title with a 599.
However, Biley was the lone Bulldog to break 500. Sophomore Haley Roberts tied for 19th with 477 (159-176-142), while sophomore Taylor Roberts was 21st with 473 (180-129-164). Stow also had senior Annie Taylor roll a 431 (126-152-153), while senior Meghan Ritzinger rolled a 423 (142-106-175).
Meanwhile, the Bulldog boys were in a four-team fight for the title.
Stow started well, rolling a 924 in game one and a 922 in game two, but cooled off a bit in game three with an 875. The set the Bulldogs up with a score of 2,721, putting them with a 146-point cushion over fifth-place Twinsburg.
Stow rolled a score of 1,056 during the Baker games, which was good enough to maintain fourth place. The Bulldogs finished 66 pins behind archrival Nordonia.
Individually, Stow got a pair of top 10 finishes. Senior Christian Studt finished seventh with a 591 (169-209-213), while junior Alex Snowberger was eighth with a 582 (222-191-169). Junior Nick Arlequeeuw tied for 17th with a 535 (192-161-182), while senior Scott Hopkins rolled games of 182 and 214 for Stow.
The Division I district tournament will take place Feb. 26 at noon at Hall of Fame Lanes in Canton.