July 31, 2014

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Bowling: Vermilion and Amherst boys and girls advance to district tourney

LORAIN — The Vermilion and Amherst boys and girls bowling teams maintained Lorain County tradition by advancing to the Division I district tournament next weekend in Warren.

The Sailors girls squeaked by the two-time defending champ Comets at Rebman Rec on Sunday in the Lorain County sectional for second place, 3,639 to 3,637. Vermilion outscored Amherst 190-166 in the sixth and final Baker game to turn the trick.

The Vermilion girls qualified for districts for the sixth time in seven years, and the Amherst girls made it four straight.

The Amherst boys also made it four in a row by taking fourth with 4,211 pins. Behind freshman Bryan Martin, the Vermilion boys won a sudden-death roll-off with defending sectional champ Buckeye for the sixth and final qualifying spot. The tiebreaker score was 40-29 after the teams tied at 4,017.

Sophomores Madison Shreve (588), Hannah Modic (555) and Lauren Harcula (533) finished sixth, 10th and 16th for high series to lead Vermilion.

“I bowled decent but left too many 10 pins,” Shreve said. “Our team did a good job picking up spares. A couple Baker games were more difficult than normal but other than that we did well.

“We have a better team than last year. We’ve had better practices lately. We simulate tournament play at practice, like doing Baker games. I think we’ll be fine for districts. I think we can do it.”

Juniors Courtney Thompson (644) and Phaedra Lopez (540), along with Amanda Whitten (486), led Amherst with the third, 14th and 27th series. The Comets weren’t far off their winning total from last year (3,669).

“We knew that if we didn’t win that was OK because we know that we were still going to qualify,” Thompson said.

North Olmsted led by 202 pins after the three regular games and won by 191 with 3,830. Brunswick took the fourth and final qualifying spot (3,546).

Junior Gino DelMonico (715), junior Carl Haberstro (693) and senior Justin Starbuck (634) spearheaded the Amherst boys with the third, fourth and 16th series.

“Having a good team always helps because we’re able to communicate better than some other teams,” DelMonico said. “We picked each other up.

“The way the lanes we’re drying out we had to make sure we kept the ball outside the 10th board. It was a good pattern. We fell apart a little bit in Baker (second to fourth place), but the main thing is that we still stayed in it and qualified.”

Vermilion paired Martin opposite Buckeye’s No. 1 bowler, Zak Diaz, for the roll-off. Martin is the team’s No. 3 bowler behind Dylon Wilson and Tony Hugo.

The Sailors outscored the Bucks 190-159 in the final Baker to tie things at 4,017. Martin’s roll-off win gave the Vermilion boys their first district berth since 2008-09 when they advanced to state. The Sailors missed districts last year by nine pins.

“It was pretty crazy. I didn’t think I was going to be picked,” Martin said. “I didn’t think I was going to pick up that four-pin split, but it happened. We’re just really happy.”

Hugo (18th, 826) and Wilson (20th, 617) led the Vermilion boys, followed by Martin (23rd, 608).

In a shocker, the North Ridgeville boys finished 13th and failed to advance to districts for the first time since high school bowling was sanctioned by the OHSAA in 2006-07. The Rangers, who placed second to Amherst at the North Shore Bowling Conference Tournament on Feb. 10, were 13th after the three regular games and never regained ground.

Open Door senior Nick Kerecz had a 691 for top individual performance from a non-qualifying team.

Boys

Team scores

Top 6 teams advance to Warren district Sunday

1. St. Edward 4,416; 2. Brunswick 4,347; 3. Olmsted Falls 4,257; 4. Amherst 4,211; 5. Holy Name 4,061; 6. Vermilion and Buckeye 4,017 – x (Sailors advance by winning roll-off, 40-29); 8. St. Ignatius 3,986; 9. Keystone 3,968; 10. Wellington 3,966; 11. North Olmsted 3,941; 12. Elyria Catholic 3,876; 13. North Ridgeville 3,865; 14. Lutheran West 3,754; 15. Elyria 3,730; 16. Lorain 3,677; 17. Midpark 3,611; 18. Clearview 3,550; 19. Firelands 3,472; 20. Westlake 3,306; 21. Black River 3,248; 22. Max Hayes 2,087; 23. Open Door 2,069; 24. Brookside 1,133

Individual district qualifiers — top 6 from non-qualifying teams

1. Nick Kerecz (Open Door), 691; 2. Bradey Clanin (Keystone), 676; 3. Anthony Giancola (St. Ignatius), 668; 4. Matt McKenzie (North Olmsted), 659; 5. Brandon Wallace (Wellington), 637; 6. Zak Diaz (Buckeye), 636

High series

Top 20

1. Brad Weaver (St. Edward), 758; 2. Thomas Zingalis (St. Edward), 747; 3. Gino DelMonico (Amherst), 715; 4. Carl Haberstro (Amherst), 693; 5. Kerecz, 691; 6. Clanin, 676; 7. Giancola, 668; 8. Kyle Hegedus (St. Edward), 664; 9. James Gravely (Holy Name), 663; 10. McKenzie, 659; 11. Mitch Andzelik (Brunswick), 652; 12. Danny Becker (Olmsted Falls), 649; 13. Eric Peto (Holy Name), 639; 14. Wallace, 637; 15. Diaz, 536; 16. Justin Starbuck (Amherst), 634; 17. Chris Kuczynski (Olmsted Falls), 631; 18. Tony Hugo (Vermilion), 626; 19. Jordan Dotson (Clearview), 619; 20. Dylon Wilson (Vermilion), 617

High game

Top 20

1. Wallace, 287; 3. Zingalis, 279; 3. Weaver, 278; 4. Kerecz, 275; 5. DelMonico, 269; 6. Justin Vetrovsky (Brunswick), 267; 7. Rick Baker (Open Door), 265; 8. Haberstro, 256; 9. McKenzie, 248; 10. Devin Carver (Olmsted Falls), 248; 11. Clanin, 247; 12. Gravely, 247; 13. Brandon Lemmerman (Brunswick), 247; 14. Becker, 246; 15. Chris Scheffler (Lutheran West), 245; 16. Wilson, 244; 17. Jack Lempke (Lutheran West), 244; 18. Giancola, 244; 19. Andzelik, 238; 20. Cody Congelio (Amherst), 237.

Girls

Team scores

Top 4 teams advance to Warren district Saturday

1. North Olmsted 3,830; 2. Vermilion 3,639; 3. Amherst 3,637; 4. Brunswick 3,546; 5. Lorain 3,285; 6. Lutheran West 3,277; 7. Midpark 3,212; 8. Wellington 3,172; 9. Firelands 3,166; 10. Keystone 3,144; 11. Elyria 3,026; 12. North Ridgeville 2,823; 13. Olmsted Falls 2,780; 14. Clearview 2,564; 15. Buckeye 2,098; 16. Black River 1,980; 17. Elyria Catholic 950

Individual district qualifiers — top 4 from non-qualifying teams

1. Courtney Hegedus (Midpark), 672; 2. Tabitha Milam (Lorain), 603; 3. Ashley Garn (Wellington), 594; 4. Katherine Panacione (Lutheran West), 562

High series

Top 20

1. Katey Hull (North Olmsted), 679; 2. Hegedus, 672; 3. Courtney Thompson (Amherst), 644; 4. Milam, 603; 5. Garn, 594; 6. Madison Shreve (Vermilion), 588; 7. Amanda Gale (North Olmsted), 587; 8. Dani Michetti (Brunswick), 573; 9. Panacione, 562; 10. tie — Amber Kessler (North Ridgeville), Anna Sharick (Elyria) and Hannah Modic (Vermilion), 555; 13. Amanda Pfeiffer (North Olmsted), 542; 14. Phaedra Lopez (Amherst), 540; 15. Hannah Saunders (Elyria Catholic), 536; 16. Lauren Harcula (Vermilion), 533; 17. Stacy Hillenbrand (Brunswick), 531; 18. Sierra Schleich (Brunswick), 529; 19. Angela Gale (North Olmsted), 525; 20. Julia Wright (Keystone), 516

High game

1. Hull, 249; 2. Lopez, 246; 3. Garn, 245; 4. Sharick, 244; 5. Thompson, 233; 6. Pfeiffer, 232; 7. Hegedus, 226; 8. Amanda Gale, 225; 9. Hillebrand, 215; 10. Shreve, 213; 11. Wright, 213; 12. Modic, 212; 13. Milam, 207; 14. Micheti, 203; 15. Schleich, 202; 16. Sarah Schroeder (Midpark), 196; 17. Kessler, 195; 18. Hannah Warkentein (Keystone), 195; 19. Saunders, 194; 20. Erika Richardson (Firelands), 193

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