Stow-Munroe Falls girls bowlling had been picking up steam all season.

That momentum carried the Bulldogs to the Division I state title March 10 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.

After finishing the qualifying round in fourth place, Stow opened the elimination round by beating fifth-seeded Centerville in three straight baker games (166-162, 178-175, 183-170).

Stow then upset top-seeded Beavercreek in four Baker games (157-174, 263-183, 203-198, 172-166) in the semifinals.

That set up Stow to face Troy in the state match. The Bulldogs claimed the title in emphatic fashion, beating Troy in three Baker games (224-216, 211-182, 212-179).

During the qualifying round, Stow stayed steady, rolling a 919 in game one, a 947 in game two and an 830 in game three. Stow's three-game total of 2,693 pins was good for fourth place heading into the three Baker games.

Stow rolled a total of 540 in the Baker games (232-143-179) to maintain its fourth-place position.

Individually, Stow was led by senior Meghan Ritzinger, who finished tied for 20th with a three-game series of 561 (170-188-203), and senior Annie Taylor, who finished 22th with a 558 series (205-215-138).

Senior Valerie Biley finished 33rd with a 543 series (192-172-179), while sophomore Taylor Roberts finished 40th with a 528 series (187-170-171). Sophomore Haley Roberts rounded out the individual scores with a 506 series (165-201-139).