Red Rider bowlers making history today

DAYTON — Weir High will become the first team in West Virginia history to attend the U.S. High School Bowling National Championships beginning today at Poelking South Lanes.

This event will be the fourth national championship, showcasing the best boys and girls high school bowlers from across the country. It is a three-day event and will conclude on Sunday.

The four national champions (two teams and two singles for boys and girls) will receive championship rings.

“We are excited to be the first school from West Virginia to represent our state in this tournament,” Red Rider assistant coach Robert Babinchak said. “The players have worked hard over the past several months to prepare. We look forward to the competition, and coach Dave (Thompson) and I are proud of our teams.”

The Weir High boys will be lead by senior co-captains Thomas Babinchak (219 average) and Casey Krofcheck (200). Other team members include junior Evan Baldauf (215), Ryan Dunmyer (180), sophomore David Bloomer (195) and freshman Shane Arnold (190).

The Red Rider girls will be lead by sophomore captain Savannah Moore (150), junior Morgan MacGregor (145), junior Angel Howland (130), junior Sydney Asher (105) and junior Gabby Cardell (100).

Weir High has not bowled since the end of last season due to COVID-19. Because of the delay start for winter sports in West Virginia this year, the Red Riders were unable to schedule enough games.

The Weirton Police Department provided the team caravan an escort that began in the gym parking lot.


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