After all the pins had fallen Saturday at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, the Woodridge boys bowling team found itself in a familiar position — which was both excellent and not quite what the Bulldogs wanted.
For the second time in the last three years, Woodridge finished fourth in the Division II state bowling tournament. The Bulldogs were able to reach the semifinals before bowing out to eventual state champion St. Mary’s Memorial.
Four must have been the magic number for Woodridge in Columbus, as sophomore Angelo Biondo earned All-Ohio honors by finishing fourth in the individual competition at state. Biondo took fourth with a three-game series score of 695 (228-214-253).
Alberto Dunlap of Belmont Union Local won the individual title with a series score of 719.
During the team qualifying tournament, Woodridge had to scrap its way into the ladder finals.
Woodridge opened with first game of 1,020, but then dropped to 940 in game two, before finishing with 977 in game three. The Bulldogs’ total of 2,937 put them in seventh place heading into the Baker games, as the top eight teams advanced to the finals.
Needing a solid Baker game series to guarantee their place in the final, Woodridge rolled Bakers of 179, 202 and 199. Their 580 Baker series was fifth-best in the tournament.
While Mechanicsburg was able to leap over Woodridge for seventh-place in the qualifying series (3,530), Woodridge’s score of 3,517 was good for eighth place and the final qualifying spot. Springfield Kenton Ridge finished ninth with 3,491 pins, finishing 26 pins behind the Bulldogs.
In the ladder finals, Woodridge had to tangle with top-seeded Girard in the quarterfinals in a best-of-five Baker games series After losing game one 192-167, Woodridge came back with three straight wins — 236-201, 213-177, 236-167 — to the series.
In the semifinals, Woodridge went the full five games with St. Mary’ Memorial.
Woodridge won game one 236-188, while the Roughriders won games two 215-206 and game three 236-155. The Bulldogs forced a fifth game by winning game four 212-194, but Memorial clinched the match with a 203-179 win in game five.
St. Mary’s Memorial won the state title with a sweep of Plain City Jonathan Alder in the final.
Along with Biondo’s big series, Woodridge also got a 621 series from junior Bryce Oliver (225-205-191), tying him for 29th place with Padua Franciscan’s Lenny Bunsey.
Woodridge also got a 555 series (183-197-175) from sophomore Chad Schoolcraft, a 552 series (203-184-165) from senior Kyle Schnieder and a 514 series (181-140-193) from senior Sam Bergdorf at states.
While Schnieder and Bergdorf are graduating, the Bulldogs will return the bulk of their lineup for the 2019-2020 season.