In some ways, Nordonia bowling performance at the Suburban League Postseason Tournament was a microcosm of the season.
The Knights had a solid tournament Saturday at Kent Lanes — but to win the Suburban League often requires the spectacular.
Nordonia’s boys team finished fifth in the 12-team field with 3,877 pins. Wadsworth won the boys title with 4,235 pins. Meanwhile, the Lady Knights finished fifth in the 11-team girls field with 3,335 pins. Stow-Munroe Falls won the girls team title with 3,708.
On the boys side, Nordonia was led by sophomore Aiden McFerren, who finished 15th in the boys individual race with a three-game series score of 630 (191-227-212). Cuyahoga Falls’ Justing Moyer, the defending Division I individual state champion, won the boys individual title with a 773 series.
Sophomore Tyler Juriga added a 570 series (168-213-189), while sophomore Spencer Stehlik rolled a 542 series (178-172-191).
One area where the Knight boys excelled was during the five Baker games. Nordonia was the only team to break 1,000 during the Baker games, rolling a five-game total of 1,008 (171-194-226-189-228).
Meanwhile, on the girls side, Nordonia got a pair of top 10 individual finishes. Sophomore Emily Cook had one of the best tournaments of her career, tying for seventh place with a 561 series (214-183-164). Fellow sophomore Kara Freyhauf was right behind, taking ninth place with a series score of 547 (176-178-193).
Junior Sam Lewis just missed breaking 500, as she rolled a 494 series (140-175-179).
The Knights girls rolled a score of 778 (164-145-119-190-160) during the Baker games.
Nordonia will open its postseason run Sunday at the Division I sectional tournament Sunday at Boardman Lane. Boys bowling begins at 9 a.m. with the girls bowling at 2 p.m.
Reporter Michael Leonard can be reached at 330-541-9442, firstname.lastname@example.org or @MLeonard_RPC