No stranger to the exciting state bowling championships, Twinsburg’s Kaleb East took a little while to get in high gear at this year’s meet and when he did, East showed why he is one of the finest bowlers in Ohio.
Ending up just pins out of a top-three finish in Ohio, East came on strong to hold his own in the deep logjam at the top of the standings.
East finished eighth overall at the 12th annual State Championship Tournament March 9 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.
The talented Twinsburg High senior started out the tourney with a 193, followed by a solid 215 game, and finished strong with a game of 257 for the Tigers.
With a series of 665, East was just 21 pins shy of tying for third place in the loaded field of bowlers in Columbus.
Vandalia Butler’s Drew Sacks helped his school capture the state team championship this season by winning his second straight individual title with an impressive series of 752.
It was a good way for East to cap his brilliant career at Twinsburg, under sixth-year head coach Anthony Byrd.
"Kaleb wasn’t getting a lot of carry that he usually gets in the first two games at the tournament," commented Byrd.
"He (East) usually gets a ton of spin action, but it just wasn’t carrying, but after a slight adjustment that we had practiced for, he started to make a lot more contact in the pocket."
In the first game, East had six strikes and missed two 10-pin spares.
"You usually don’t see that from Kaleb," offered Byrd.
In the second game, East was consistently picking up spares and ended up missing a few overall, but from the second game on, East was getting plenty of contact and carry.
"I think he could have finished as high as fifth-place, but he did a great job," pointed out Byrd.
East was a district runner up for the Tigers this winter at the district tournament Feb. 24 at Roseland Lanes in Oakwood Village.
The consistent East finished in second place overall with a 658 series at the district and qualified for the state tournament again.
Last season, East battled to place 16th overall in Ohio at Webb’s Columbus Bowl for Twinsburg and won an individual sectional championship as well.
In all, East has competed at the state tournament three times, including as a freshman at Solon. East transferred in after his family moved to Twinsburg.
East recently signed his letter of intent to continue his academic and bowling careers at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.
Intending to study actuarial sciences, East will compete for the Lions’ bowling program as an exciting addition for Lindenwood.