The Suburban League Preseason Tournament turned into a mixed bag for the Stow-Munroe Falls bowling team.
On the girls’ side, Nikki Stiteler’s debut as head coach couldn’t have gone better, as the Bulldogs rolled to first place with a score of 3,478. Runner-up Tallmadge finishied with 2,852 pins.
However, the Bulldog boys struggled a bit in the season opener, finishing sixth in the 12-team tournament with 3,797 pins. Kent Roosevelt won the boys tournament with 4,314 pins, beating runner-up Twinsburg by 320 pins.
The tournament took place Saturday at North Woods Lanes in Macedonia.
How dominant were the Bulldog girls? Stow posted scores of 800 pins or better in each game at Northwoods. No other team broke 800 once.
What’s more, Stow took three of the top four individual spots in the girls race.
The Bulldogs made their intentions clear from the start, rolling a tournament-high 942 in Game 1. Stow rolled an 854 in Game 2 and an 853 in Game 3, giving them a 2,649-2,145 lead over Tallmadge heading to the Baker games.
Already with an insurmountable lead, Stow put an exclamation point on the tournament by rolling an 829 series (194-176-168-132-159) in the Baker games, beating Tallmadge by 122 pin in the series.
Junior Kayla Flake had a huge day to win the girls individual title, she opened with the best game of the tournament with a 267 in Game 1. Flake cooled off a bit in Games 2 (204) and 3 (181), but her 652 series still beat runner-up Kirsten Moore of Tallmadge by 47 pines.
The Roberts twins also earned top five finishes, as senior Hayley Roberts was third with a 590 (226-168-196) and Taylor Roberts was fourth with a 568 (183-201-184).
Jessica Lawrence rolled a 441 series for the Bulldogs (149-140-152), while Alex Moran added games of 141 and 140 and Kelsey Jacobson rolled a 117 in game one.
On the boys side, Stow got stronger as the regular games went on, rolling a 936 in Game 1, a 975 in Game 2 and a 1005 in Game 3. Sitting in fourth place place at 2,916, Stow had a chance to move up, but a lackluster 881 Baker series (201-204-132-164-180) dropped them to sixth place.
Sophomore Nolan Snowberger led the charge for Stow, finishing 10th place with a 631 (179-263-189). His 263 second game turned out to be the high game of the tournament.
By his standards, defending Suburban League Bowler of the Year Alex Ridings had an off day, rolling a 577 series (212-153-212). Zack Bialek finished just ahead of Ridings with a 585 series (195-194-196), while Will Bender rolled a 541 seriers (191-148-202).
Stow also got games of 217 and 206 from Josh Gorbach.
Stow will open dual match place Nov. 28 at Rivera Lanes vs. Copley.