July 26, 2014

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High school bowling: Sweet Bakers lead to sweep for Amherst

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Sizzling Baker rounds made all the difference as Amherst’s boys and girls swept titles at Sunday’s 10th annual North Shore Bowling Conference Tournament.

The Amherst boys overcame a 94-pin deficit after the three regular games at Brunswick Zone to defeat three-time defending tournament champ North Ridgeville by 82 pins.

The Amherst girls, likewise, rallied brilliantly from an early hole after falling behind by 19 to Vermilion after three games. The Comets poured it on in the Baker round to win by 167 pins over the Sailors.

In the Baker round, team members take turns bowling frames until each game is complete.

Defending champ North Olmsted (15-0), which won the NSBC Division I girls title ahead of the second-place Comets (13-2), was 216 pins back.

The Amherst sweep made up for last year’s disappointing performance at the same event.

Though both teams went 15-0 to win their regular-season titles, they fell short at the league tournament. The Comet boys lost the tournament by 13 pins and the girls fell by 156.

Juniors Carl Haberstro (709) and Rachel Glowacki (631) led the Amherst teams. Haberstro was 58 pins over average and Glowacki was 103 over. Both finished with the second-highest series in their fields.

“We just hit our marks. Strikes came,” said Haberstro, who was also second in the tournament last year with a 696. “Justin Starbuck got tapped (leaving one pin on your first ball) a lot at the beginning. It happens, but you have to bounce back from that. Everyone was hitting their marks in the third game and followed it into Baker.”

The Amherst boys averaged 223.5 in the Baker, almost 20 pins better than its season average of 204.

“We didn’t see much change in the lane conditions so we kept our same mark,” Haberstro said. “Today was nice, especially since Ridgeville beat us at our house last year and we beat them here today at their home. This win gives us momentum for sectionals and hopefully districts. We just have to keep nailing our spares.”

Comets freshman Brandon Velasquez rolled a 691 series, 109 pins over average, for the third-best series of the tournament. Junior Gino DelMonico (12th, 645) and senior Justin Starbuck (23rd, 612) also finished in the top 25.

Amherst defeated North Ridgeville by 18 pins six days earlier in an NSBC divisional roll-off for the Division I title.

The North Ridgeville boys still led by 72 pins after the first two of six Bakers, but the Rangers averaged only 190.3 in the last four. Amherst answered with a 226.8 clip.

“We got down on each other as a team,” Peterson said. “There were a lot of spares that were missed. We have to hope for better things when we go to sectionals next Sunday. There were some iffy moves by some people and it affected us in the long run. We couldn’t come back from the slump we were in.”

The Amherst girls averaged 202 in Baker, a sizzling 44 pins better than its 158 season average.

“We really stuck together for each other, especially when one of us was a little off of our game,” Glowacki said. “I just stayed relaxed. I didn’t let the noise and the loud cheering become a distraction. I just did my thing. Our fan support was awesome.”

Junior Courtney Thompson of Amherst had the eighth best series of the day (555). Juniors Phaedra Lopez (15th, 493) and Olivia Kendrick (17th, 491) also finished in the top 20.

“We just kept our heads up and kept going through the whole thing,” Thompson said. “That just kept us up and kept us strong. That’s all we needed.”

Freshman Tony Hugo of Vermilion, with a 719, along with Wellington junior Ashley Garn (656), had high series for the day. Hugo was 122 over average and Garn 155.

“I switched balls a week ago,” Hugo said. “The key today was staying slow and rolling the ball. Today was my first 700. My previous high was 692.”

Garn finished 18th at last year’s tournament with a 512.

“I’m not sure why my game was so on except Brunswick Zone is my favorite lanes,” said Garn, a 2011-12 district qualifier. “I’ve been practicing a lot more this season. I’m a lot more serious about my bowling. I really want to go farther this season so I’m trying harder. My brother, Steve, helps me and the staff at Strikeout Lanes helps me out a lot, too.”

Boys

Team scores

1. Amherst (1,027-1,048-1,129 – 3,204). Baker total – 1,341. Total score: 4,545. 2. North Ridgeville (1,019-1,231-1,048 – 3,298). Baker total – 1,165. Total score: 4,463 (82 behind). 3. North Olmsted (1,028-1,080-1,000-3,106). Baker total: 1,271. Total score: 4.377 (168 behind). 4. Vermilion (1,088-1,001-970 – 3,059). Baker total: 1,268. Total score: 4,327 (218 behind). 5. Midpark (1,030-945-944 – 2,919). Baker total: 1,168. Total score: 4,081. 6. Wellington (966-782-976 – 2,814). Baker total: 1,054. Total score: 3,868. 7. Elyria Catholic (940-1,028-905 – 2,873). Baker total: 977. Total score: 3,850. 8. Elyria (923-933-902 – 2,758). Baker total: 1,066. Total score: 3,824; 9. Keystone (1,994-923-779 – 2,706). Baker total: 1,101. Total score: 3,8067. 10. Buckeye (953-915-837 – 2,705). Baker total: 1,086. Total score: 3,791. 11. Lorain (835-980-850 – 2,665). Baker total: 926. Total score: 3,591. 12. Black River (800-779-914 – 2,493). Baker total: 1,007. Total score: 3,500. 13. Firelands (857-839-727 – 2,433). Baker total: 1,034. Total score: 3,467. Clearview (895-877-820 – 2,592), Baker total: 843. Total score: 3,435. 15. Open Door (648-627-638 – 1,913). Baker total: 634. Total score: 2,547.

High game

Top 5 plus top local

1. Tyler Davis (North Ridgeville), 288; 2. Joey Peterson (North Ridgeville), 276; 3. Brandon Wacker (Black River), 266; 4. Tony Hugo (Vermilion), 262; 5. Matt Gamble (Clearview), 257; 6. Gino DelMonico (Amherst), 251; 7. Austin Washburn (Wellington), 247; 8. Ben Ziemba (Keystone), 247; 9. Brandon Velasquez (Amherst), 245; 10. Carl Haberstro (Amherst), 244; 13. Alex Scullin (North Ridgeville), 238; 16. Dylon Wilson (Vermilion), 237; 18. Travis Szabo (Lorain), 236; 21. Jake Hromada (Elyria Catholic), 233; 22. Joey Casement (North Ridgeville), 232; 24. Brandon Jacinto (Lorain), 232; 25. Ryan Kordish (North Ridgeville), 227; 26. Darion Katynski (Elyria Catholic), 227; 27. Bradey Clanin (Keystone), 226; 28. Collin Velasquez (Lorain), 225; 29. Brandon Wallace (Wellington), 225

High series

Top 5 plus top local

1. Hugo, 719; 2. Haberstro, 709; 3. B. Velasquez, 691; 4. Scullin, 684; 5. Peterson, 684; 6. Davis, 680; 7. Hromada, 662; 9. Kordish, 655; 10. Washburn, 650; 11. C. Velasquez, 646; 12. DelMonico, 645; 17. Bryan Martin (Vermilion), 638; 19. Gamble, 631; 21. Katynski, 619; 22. Jon Holtcamp (Vermilion), 616; 23. Justin Starbuck (Amherst), 612; 24. Aaron Kilgore (Elyria), 600; 25. Mark Hartman (Elyria), 598; 27. Nick Kerecz (Open Door), 597; 28. Jordan Dotson (Clearview), 594; 29. Wacker, 594; 30. Blake Benko (Keystone), 591

Girls

Team scores

1. Amherst (839-810-949 – 2,598). Baker total: 1,208. Total score: 3,806. 2. Vermilion (834-856-927 – 2,617). Baker total: 1,022. Total score: 3,629 (167 pins behind). 3. North Olmsted (793-904-822 – 2,519). Baker total: 1,071. Total score: 3,590 (216 pins behind). 4. Wellington (847-779-712 – 2,338). Baker total: 878. Total score: 3,216 (590 behind). 5. North Ridgeville (688-751-707 – 2,157). Baker total: 987. Total score: 3,144. 6. Keystone (681-681-882 – 2,244), Baker total: 863. Total score: 3,107. 7. Lorain (698-762-730 – 2,190). Baker total: 877. Total score: 3,067. 8. Firelands (723-749-788 – 2,260). Baker total: 793. Total score: 3,053. 9. Elyria (635-742-744 – 2,121). Baker total: 888. Total score: 3,009. 10. Midpark (659-665-737 – 2,060). Baker total: 930. Total score: 2,990. 11. Clearview (648-667-651 – 1,956). Baker total: 636. Total score: 2,592. 12. Black River (567-598-564 – 1,729). Baker total: 675. Total score: 2,404. 13. Buckeye (503-539-575 – 1,718). Baker total: 679. Total score: 2,397. 14. Elyria Catholic (328-320-269 – 917). Baker total: 0. Total score: 917.

High game

Top 5 plus top local

1. Ashley Garn (Wellington), 279; 2. Courtney Hegedus (Midpark), 259; 3. Jordan Heck (Keystone), 248; 4. Katey Hull (North Olmsted), 239; 5. Rachel Glowacki (Amherst), 235; 6. Anna Sharick (Elyria), 225; 7. Taylor Ciona (Vermilion), 223; 8. Courtney Thompson (Amherst), 214; 9. Hannah Modic (Vermilion), 213; 10. Madison Shreve (Vermilion), 207; 11. Megan Novosielski (Wellington), 199; 12. Brianna Krieg (Firelands), 199; 14. Emma Northeim (Firelands), 191; 15. Hannah Saunders (EC), 189; 16. Amber Kessler (North Ridgeville), 188; 17. Lauren Harcula (Vermilion), 185; 18. Emily Verhovitz (Black River), 185; 19. Julia Wright (Keystone), 183; 20. Colleen Ziegman (Elyria), 182; 21. Olivia Kendrick (Amherst), 181; 22. Phaedra Lopez (Amherst), 190; 23. Kelsey Mullins (Firelands), 180; 24. Brielle Paul (Keystone), 179; 25. Tabitha Milam (Lorain), 175; 26. Brittany Wood (Vermilion), 173; 29. Tiffany Diaz (Lorain), 172; 30. Becca Reicholf (Firelands), 168

High series

Top 5 plus top local

1. Garn, 656; 2. Glowacki, 631; 3. Hegedus, 627; 4. Hull, 611; 5. Heck, 582; 6. Sharick, 580; 7. Shreve, 557; 8. Thompson, 555; 9. Modic, 555; 10. Novosielski, 551; 11. Harcula, 536; 12. Kessler, 525; 15. Lopez, 493; 16. Wright, 492; 17. Kendrick, 491; 18. Diaz, 490; 19. Saunders, 486; 21. Krieg, 476; 22. Verhovitz, 474; 23. Milam, 473; 24. Reicholf, 461; 26. Northeim, 460; 27. Mullins, 459; 28. Hannah Warkentein (Keystone), 441; 29. Alexis Lange (Black River), 441; 30. Alicia Barnes (Lorain), 439.

Contact Paul Heyse at 440-329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.