STOW — On a snowy afternoon at Sto-Kent Lanes, Stow-Munroe Falls bowling looked to get back on track in Suburban League play.
With former Bulldogs star Alex Snowberger and scouts from Muskingum University at the lanes, the Bulldogs put on a show.
Stow’s boys put up their best dual-match score of the season against Brecksville-Broadview Heights, stinging the Bees with a 2,887-2,080 win. Meanwhile, the Stow girls continued their undefeated ways in the Suburban League, smashing Brecksville 2,519-1,712.
Stow’s girls improved to 5-0 in the Suburban League, while Stow boys improved to 2-3.
It was the second good result of the week for Stow, which opened 2019 at the Falcon Classic over the weekend at Legend Lanes. On Saturday, the girls won the tournament with 3,492 pins, finishing 266 pins ahead of runner-up Akron Ellet.
On Sunday, the boys finished third at the Falcon Classic with 4,110 pins. Kent Roosevelt won the boys title with 4,297 pins, while Berea-Midpark was second with 4,152 pins.
After the Brecskville match, Stow boys coach John Martin was all smiles, noting this was the form he had been looking for from the Bulldogs all season.
"They’ve got it within them," Martin said. "I think we averaged 230 [pins] a game and then 210 in the Baker games."
One key for Stow was senior Alex Ridings returning to the form he showed last season. After struggling for much of the first half of the year, Ridings was two strikes away from a perfect game in his opener.
Ridings threw 10 straight strikes in game one to score a 284 and followed it with a 248 in game two for a 538 series.
"He’s got guys from Muskingum looking at him today," Martin said. "He wanted to make sure they saw what they wanted."
Ridings had plenty of help. Sophomore Nolan Snowberger threw games of 235 and 245 for a 480 series, while Zack Bialek rolled a 454 series (231-223) and Zack Dunham rolled a 449 series (203-246). Will Bender rounded out Stow’s afternoon with a 339 series (148-191)
"We could use that tomorrow against Kent," Martin said.
Stow was set to face Kent Roosevelt Thursday at Kent Lanes at 4 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Stow girls continued their storming season, as their newest varsity bowler had her Suburban League debut vs. the Bees.
Freshman Jillian Martin — John Martin’s daughter — rolled a 223 in game one and finished three strikes shy of her own perfect game, as as he rolled a 277 in game two to earn a 500 series.
The Roberts twins also had good days, as senior left-hander Taylor Roberts rolled a 485 series (226-259) and senior Hayley Roberts rolled a 433 series (189-244).
Stow also got a 311 series from Kayla Flake (151-160) and a 303 series from Jessica Lawerence (128-175).
"We’re trying to work our way through the season and try to stay on point with the sectionals coming up soon," said Stow girls coach Nikki Stiteler.
At the Falcon Classic, the Stow girls didn’t have Jillian Martin available, but it mattered not.
In the complete pins tournament, Stow led with 2,515 pins after the three regular games, but left nothing to chance, rolling a 977 score across six Baker games (153-214-146-211-122-131).
Even with Martin unavailable, Stow finished with three of the top five finishers in the individual tournament, which earned individual honors.
"It speaks volumes for the team as a whole that we were able to do that," Stiteler said. "Jillian has missed a lot of our early matches, but everyone has stepped up.
Flake finished as top individual bowler at the Classic with 581 pints (226-195-160), while Hayley Roberts was right behind in second with 556 pins (150-221-185). Taylor Roberts finished fifth with a 523 series (197-155-171).
On Sunday, the Stow boys were within striking distance of the lead through the regular games, as Stow scored 2,936 pins in the regular series, putting them 149 pins behind Roosevelt.
Stow rolled the second best Baker series with 1,174 pins (203-187-193-185-180-226), but Roosevelt rolled 1,212 in the Baker games to claim the title.
Stow will return to Sto-Kent Tuesday for match with Barberton at 4 p.m.
Reporter Michael Leonard can be reached at 330-541-9442, firstname.lastname@example.org or @MLeonard_RPC