MACEDONIA — While Nordonia and Stow-Munroe Falls have bigger rivals in other sports, the Knights and Bulldogs have developed quite the rivalry in boys bowling. Such things happen when two of the top programs in the state reside in the same league.
The rivalry was renewed Monday when Nordonia hosted Stow at its new home at North Woods Lanes — and both teams were rolling fire.
Stow’s boys put up huge numbers to score a 2,859-2,595 win over the Knights. Meanwhile, the Knight girls nearly rallied in the Baker games, but lost 2,175-2,096 to the Bulldogs.
Both Stow teams improved to 3-0 overall and in the Suburban League, while both Nordonia teams dropped to 1-1 in the league.
Stow boys coach John Martin praised his entire squad.
"I’ve got really good kids on this team," Martin said. "Nine of our 13 games were above 200. That’s all you can really ask for."
Nordonia coach Ty Lachowski praised his own team, while tipping his hat to the Bulldogs.
"They bowled well," Lachowski said. "We didn’t carry (spares) well and we made some errant shots. We have to work on that, but 2,595 is a pretty good score. When you’ve got guys throwing 270s and 280s at you, there’s not much you can do."
Stow junior Alex Ridings had a huge day with a 515, as he threw a 226 in game one and exploded for a 289 in game two. After throwing 10 straight strikes, Ridings left one pin up, missing a perfect game by one shot.
"That’s kind of what we expected from him this year," Martin said.
Stow also had senior Nick Arlequeeuw roll a 478 (220-258), Evan Koch roll a 430 (204-226), Alex Snowberger roll a 401 (220-181) and Nolan Snowberger roll a 350 (175-175).
Stow left nothing to chance, winning all three Baker games, 278-222, 181-174 and 226-204.
Nordonia was led by a 462 series from Austin Szczesniak (205-257). The Knights also got a plus-400 series from Aidan McFerren with a 405 (179-226), while Preston Keglovich rolled a 374 (116-213), Tyler Juriga rolled a 386 (200-186) and Spencer Stehlik rolled a 368 (192-176).
Meanwhile, Stow girls coach Rachael Ritzinger was lukewarm on her team’s performance.
"I feel like they don’t focus as often as they should," Ritzinger said. "Here and there, they don’t pick up spares when they don’t. We did what we had to do."
"They were pumped," said Nordonia girls coach Larry Strimple of his team. "They were excited to play the defending state champions. I was very glad to win all three Baker games against them."
Indeed, Nordonia’s girls swept the Baker games 192-186, 201-159 and 158-151. It wasn’t enough, however, as Stow took a 1,679-1,545 lead into the Bakers.
Stow’s Kayla Flake had the high game (227) and series (393) of the day. Stow also got 374 series (170-204) from Taylor Roberts, a 357 series (164-193) from Hailey Roberts, a 281 series (137-144) from Allie Rodman and a 274 series (133-141) from Becca Terrill.
Nordonia was led by a 344 series (185-159) from Kenzie Pitts. The Knights also had Marissa Hunt shoot 328 (179-149), Samantha Lewis shoot 318 (150-168), Kara Freyhauf shoot 302 (159-142) and Payton Freyhauf shoot 253 (125-128).