For Stow-Munroe Falls bowling, the Suburban League Postseason Tournament followed the same script as most of the season.
The Bulldog girls dominated the competition, while the Stow boys were solid, but not spectacular.
Bowling on their home lanes at Sto-Kent Family Entertainment Saturday, Stow’s girls racked up another big win at the tournament, winning the girls title with 2,998 pins. Cuyahoga Falls was runner-up with 2,559 pins.
The win competed a perfect second season in the Suburban League for the Stow girls, as they finished first in overall team race with 110 points.
Meanwhile, the Stow boys finished sixth at the tournament with 2,705 pins. Kent Roosevelt won the tournament with 3,077 pins and clinched the overall boys title. Stow finished sixth in the boys overall race with 70 points.
Stow also swept its final dual match of the season Monday, as it won both matches over Solon at Roseland Lane in Oakwood.
According to Stow boys coach John Martin, the tournament was cut a bit short due to malfunction with the lane oiling machines. Due to the delay, league coached decided to call the tournament complete after three full games and not play the five Baker games as scheduled.
Stow’s girls dominated the tournament, as the only team to break 900 in a game, which the Bulldogs did three times. Stow opened with a score of 943, followed by a 1,045 in game two and a 1,010 in game three.
Individually, Stow finished with four of the top six placers. Senior Taylor Roberts won the individual title with a three-game series score of 669. Roberts got stronger as the tournament went on, as she opened with a 169, but rolled a 224 in game two. In game three, Roberts bowled the high game of the tournament with a 276 to take the title.
Roberts’ big game allowed her to overtake freshman teammate Jillian Martin, who finished second with a 640 series (180-214-246).
Stow also had Kayla Flake finish fifth with a 615 series (205-236-174), while senior Hayley Roberts was sixth with a 604 series (230-226-148).
On the boy side, the Bulldogs opened with a 858 in game one and had their best game in game two with a 933 before rolling a 914 in game three. Stow was exactly 100 pins behind Cuyahoga Falls for fifth place
"Sectionals are on a completely different [oil] shot than the league tournament," said coach Martin. "I’ve got no problem with what we did. It didn’t have a huge effect on the Suburban League standings."
The Stow boys’ top bowler was sophomore Nolan Snowberger, who finished 11th in the individual race with a 607 series (158-259-190). Nordonia’s Tyler Juriga won the individual boys title with a 709 series.
Stow senior Alex Ridings finished 13th in the individual race with a 596 series (204-163-229).
The Bulldogs also got a 533 series from Josh Gorbach (184-168-180) and a 524 series from Zack Dunham (176-176-172).
Stow was set to return to Sto-Kent Friday for the Division I sectional tournament at 10 a.m. The top three teams and top three individuals not on advancing teams will move on to ethe
"The girls will be heavy favorites," coach Martin said. "For the boys, there’s five or six good teams there. It’s always going to be difficult. If you are one of the teams who do not bowl well, you will not move on."
The Division I district tournaments will take place at Roseland Lanes. Girls will bowl Feb. 23 at noon with the top six teams advancing to states, while the boys will bowl Feb. 24 at noon with the top five teams advancing to statets.
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