Harrison Central bowlers place 7th at state tourney
CADIZ — The Harrison Central boys bowling team was recognized at halftime of the Huskies’ boys basketball sectional contest Saturday night after it finished seventh in the Ohio Division II Bowling Championships.
It was a fitting conclusion for a team that achieved quite a bit of greatness this winter, culminating with the program’s first appearance in a state championship event. While the finish wasn’t as high as they would’ve hoped, head coach Bobbie Parkinson said it was great, nonetheless.
“I’m very happy and proud of how they represented the school and our county.” she said.
Without a senior, the Huskies reached the Round of 8 before falling to eventual champion St. Marys Memorial, 3-2.
“We did well the first couple of baker games, but we just couldn’t buy a strike,” Parkinson said. “And they were on fire.”
The Roughriders had the following scores in their five Bakers — 171, 153, 239, 243 and 226. Harrison Central recorded scores of — 181, 184, 183, 156 and 211.
Parkinson said last week’s district triumph in Zanesville that Bakers were a concern, and that was proven Saturday.
“That’s definitely something we’re going to work on,” she said. “We just couldn’t buy a stroke and (St. Marys’) pins were falling. That’s the name of the game sometimes.”
Trevor Thompson, a sophomore, followed up his district championship with another fine showing for the Huskies, placing ninth overall with a three-game score of 679 (258-184-237). Junior Logan Cologie had a 635, followed by junior Jacob Hudson (618) and junior Hunter Stark (581).
“Trevor went to the Pro Shop on Friday night and bought a new ball, had the holes drilled and used it (Saturday),” Parkinson said.
The Huskies opened the day with a score 1,067. They followed that with games of 931 and 1,040, leaving them third overall after the three 10-pin games. Once the three Baker games were figured in, Harrison Central ended up with a score of 3,603, placing it fifth. The top eight teams advanced to the Championship Round.
Places two through five were separated by 53 pins, showing the parity the event featured.
“It was just a matter of picking up a spare here or there,” Parkinson explained.
St. Marys downed Woodridge in one semifinal, with Jonathan Alder topping Mechanicsburg in the other. Girard, which had the top score heading in to the bracketed round, was bounced by Woodridge.
“On the way home, Katie (Norris, assistant coach) told the boys that it made it a little bit easier to take knowing that we got beat by the eventual champion,” Parkinson said. “We’re certainly proud of the fight our boys put up.”
And, all of them return next year, with a 300 Baker game (rolled at New Philly’s Wabash Lanes), and Buckeye 8, sectional and district titles on their resume.
“This experience will certainly be beneficial for them,” Parkinson said. “They will know what to do now.
“I’m very proud of how they held their composure. They had a heckuva season.”
By virtue of the aforementioned 300 Baker game, the Huskies qualified for nationals, which will take place in June in Indianapolis. Parkinson said her team eager to make the trip.