Harrison bowlers finish second at Buckeye 8 championship

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Saturday was another successful day for the St. Clairsville High School bowling teams.

Ben Lucas and Annelise Dumas claimed individual titles and the Red Devil girls captured the team crown as the Buckeye 8 Championships returned to St. Clair Lanes.

St. Clairsville collected 2,950 pins to win the girls’ championship. Harrison Central finished second with 2,805. East Liverpool was third with 2,662, followed by Union Local (2,634), Buckeye Local (2,603), Beaver Local and Martins Ferry (1,872).

The event consisted of three regular games and four Baker games.

The Huskies were also second on the boys’ side with a score of 3,408, 77 pins behind the victorious Potters. Union Local was third with 3,361, followed by Beaver Local (3,312), St. Clairsville (3,301), Buckeye Local (2,606) and Martins Ferry (2,283).

The individual championships were the first for both Lucas and Dumas.

“I can’t say enough about Ben and Annelise,” St. Clairsville head coach Mike Heath said. “Both of them are true leaders. Their emotions carry the teams through everything. It’s very infectious. When they’re bowling well, the team’s bowling well.”

Lucas, a junior, finished with a 685 (209-258-218).

“The first game could’ve been a lot better,” he said. “But, I think overall, I found my mark pretty quickly. The lanes were kind of like in our Thursday match (a victory against previously unbeaten Union Local).”

For Lucas, he really wasn’t concerned about individual accolades.

“I was more worried about my team than myself,” he continued. “Whatever happened to me, happened to me. I was just trying to help my team out.”

Harrison Central sophomores Logan Cologie (231-191-212) and Jacob Hudson (208-212-214) claimed the second and third spots, both finishing with scores of 634.

“We had a very good day,” Huskies head coach Bobbie Jo Parkinson said. “The boys were very balanced. I’m very proud of Logan and Jacob.”

East Liverpool’s Alfred Taylor was fourth with a 632 (212-193-227), while Union Local’s Austin Taylor and Alberto Dunlap rounded out the all-Buckeye 8 honorees. Taylor had a 627 (192-232-203), while Dunlap had a 625 (196-237-192).

Dumas, a senior, pointed to the Buckeye 8 as one of her goals prior to the season.

“Now, I have to get to sectionals and on from there,” she said after receiving congratulatory hugs from her family.

“The lanes were tough. They weren’t to my liking. But you just have to go with it. This was the best I’ve ever bowled in a Buckeye 8 and I did what I had to do.”

Dumas finished with a 575 (181-181-213), 64 pins better than East Liverpool’s Megan Danver (193-172-146), who led after the first two games.

Dumas’ teammate, Heaven Hadley, was third with a 507 (192-157-158).

“Overall, I was very pleased,” Heath said. “This is a date we have circled on our calendar at the beginning of the year. Everything is focused on Buckeye 8, sectionals and, hopefully, beyond that.”

Harrison Central’s Kamree Best was fourth with a 467 (155-185-127), while the Buckeye Local duo of Marley Basich (467, 179-131-157) and Heather Travis (446, 130-180-136) completed the list of all-Buckeye 8 honorees along with the Huskies’ Taryn Graham (446, 148-134-164).

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