After finishing fourth last year at the Division II state bowling tournament, the Woodridge boys squad headed to Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl Feb. 28 with dreams of state gold.
The morning qualifying session couldn’t have gone much better for Woodridge — but the championship rounds left the Bulldogs a few places short of their goal.
After qualifying as the top seed for the championship rounds, Woodridge was eliminated in the quarterfinal round with a 3-1 loss to Galion, forcing the Bulldogs to settle for fifth place.
Individually, the Woodridge boys had an excellent day in Columbus. Senior Bryce Olivier finished third in the individual race to earn first-team All-Ohio honors, while junior Bryce Oliver tied for fifth place, earning second-team All Ohio honors.
On Feb. 29. Woodridge sophomore Breauna Neal made her first trip to the Division II girls state tournament, becoming the first female Bulldog to bowl in Columbus since 2011. Neal tied for 47th in the Division II girls individual race.
In the boys tournament, Woodridge took command early in the qualifying session. The Bulldogs rolled a score of 1,095 in game, a tournament-high 1,115 in game two and a 1,052 in game three.
With 3,262 pins, Woodridge entered the three-game Baker series in top spot with a 207-pin lead on second-place Heath.
It turned out the Bulldogs needed that lead, as it rolled just a 525 score in the Baker series (167-204-154). Heath rolled a 704 in its Baker series, but Woodridge was able to hang on to first place with 3,787 pins, finishing 28 pins ahead of Heath.
Oliver finished the morning with a 739 series (238-225-246) to take third place, finishing just eight pins behind Heath’s Oliver Goodin for the Division II state individual title. Runner-up JT Maslanich finished second with a a 745 series that included a perfect 300 in game three.
Meanwhile, Biondo rolled 709 series (258-237-214), which tied him with Mechanicsburg’s Peyton Leeson for fifth place. Leeson was given the final first-team All-Ohio spot by virtue of having the higher game score (268).
Woodridge sophomore Connor Jewell also broke 600 with a 624 series (189-199-236) to finish in 16th place, while brother Aidan Jewell was right behind in 19th place with a 616 series (213-226-177).
Junior Chad Schoolcraft also had a solid day, rolling a 574 series (197-198-179).
Given the No. 1 seed in the championship rounds, Woodridge faced Galion in the quarterfinal in a best-of-five Baker games match.
Woodridge was edged in game one 172-171 and then lost game two 167-148. The Bulldogs staved off elimination in game three 183-142, but Galion won game four 192-174 to knock Woodridge out.
Coldwater won the Division II state championship, as it beat Fairport Harding in straight games (194-188, 230-160, 199-172) in the title match.
As for Neal, she finished tied for 47th place with a 482 series, tying with Washington Court House’s Maitlyn Cave.
Neal opened well with a 202 game, but then rolled a 121 in game two and a 159 in game three
Benjamin Logan’s Kaylee Nicholas won the Division II girls individual wit ha 628 series (212-229-187).
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