It’s not official yet.
Nevertheless, the Tallmadge girls bowlers took a crucial step toward an outright Suburban League regular-season title.
The Blue Devils improved to 10-0 overall and in the league after defeating previously undefeated Kent Roosevelt 2,309-2,231 Thursday at Stonehedge Entertainment in Akron. The boys team improved to 12-1 overall and 10-1 in the league after knocking off the previously unbeaten Rough Riders 2,741-2,556.
"It was a big night for us," Tallmadge head coach Scott Krainess said. "It was our last home match and also our senior night for arguably one of our best senior classes ever.
"This senior group led both our boys and girls teams to the state tournament during their sophomore year and that is their mission again this year.
"Both Kent teams are really strong and well coached. I’m glad we got to bowl them on our senior night and I’m really happy for the kids to close out their home schedule with a big win. I’m super proud of them."
The girls team outscored the Rough Riders 526-496 in the Baker games to seal the deal.
Kirsten Moore had a huge day for the Blue Devils. She rolled a 466 series after bowling games of 206 and 260, respectively.
Isabelle Hall was next for Tallmadge with a 388 series (186 and 202) and teammate Makayla Legg rolled a 327 series (158 and 159). Morgan Cool added a 326 series (158 and 168) and Aileena Sargeant bowled a 156 game.
"They had an epic match," Krainess said. "It was a total team effort with Aileena, Morgan, Dakota [Taylor], Makayla and Florence [Drayer] all chipping in."
The boys team outscored the Rough Riders 676-628 in the Baker games after rolling scores of 216, 225 and 235, respectively.
Parker Braccio had a dominant performance for the Blue Devils with a 522 series (258 and 264).
"Parker set the tone," Krainess said. "He’s so hard on himself. He would tell you he was scuffling of late, but he had it going."
Also faring well for Tallmadge were Patrick Stachowiak (183 and 235), Robert Wilson (193 and 218), Joshua Parry (201 and 169) and Cooper Randolph (157 and 184).
"Kent was below their season average in the first game after shooting an 892," Krainess said. "I told the boys after the first game to forget it. We knew Kent would come back strong and they did, shooting a 1,036 in game two, but our guys were also strong, shooting a 1,070.
"Having a 130-pin lead going in to Bakers may sound like an adequate cushion, but against teams like Kent, there are few safe cushions.
"True to their form, Kent started their first Baker with I think, seven straight strikes and finished with a 252 to our 217 narrowing our lead to 101 pins. The guys answered the bell in the final two Bakers.
"Our starting lineup was all of our five seniors and they all delivered. Patrick came up with some big shots. They all had moments where they came through, especially in the Bakers."