BEAVERCREEK — If the Beavercreek boys and girls varsity bowling teams continue to play up to their current form, coach Joe Sumner believes both teams could finish among the Top-5 teams at this weekend’s Bowling State Tournament in Columbus.
Sumner believes his teams’ experience in competing at the state level will be one reason for their success. Both teams qualified to the state tourney last season, and the girls team has been to all eight bowling state championships thus far.
The girls team won the state title in 2007.
“Every year that you bowl at the state event, it helps. It’s exciting. It’s a different kind of bowling,” Sumner said. “The girls are a very experienced bunch, I’ve got one girl (senior Colleen Hines) who will have bowled at state all four years of her high school career.”
Sumner said Hines is the first Beavercreek bowler to turn that feat of bowling in four consecutive state tourneys.
“The girls team bowled about the best I’ve ever seen a team bowl during the sectional tournament. They scored a 4,694 team score. At the state level, where you might have a more challenging oil pattern on the lanes, I don’t think you’ll see a score like that in Columbus. That’s an amazing score anywhere,” he said.
Hines, Raven Cooper, Maranda Kelley, Kinsey Klein, Brittany-Ann O’Connell, Erin Harley and Stephanie Heller are on the Beavercreek girls team.
The boys team of Ryan Brown, Jaemes Chouinard, Christian Litterall, Cole Meredith, Ben Thomas, Matthew Madsen, Eric Clemmer and Jacob Dorsten will also challenge for the top spot.
“The boys district competition was a lot closer in talent than the girls tournament was, I think,” Sumner said. “We finished third behind (Cincinnati) Oak Hills and (Kettering) Fairmont, but those two, ourselves, (Clayton) Northmont and probably Middletown, we all have a good shot at doing well at the state tournament.”
The state tournament presented an oil pattern diagram on its website. That allowed each school to set up a similar oil pattern on their practice lanes. In Beavercreek’s case, they have been adjusting to the forecasted pattern on their home lanes at Beaver-Vu Lanes.
According to the OHSAA.org website, the pattern is similar to that used for a made-for-TV event in England where a five-man team from the United States competed against a team of European all stars.
“It’s an equal challenge for all of the bowlers, and that’s all you can ask from a tournament,” Sumner said. “We’re ready to go.”
Xenia freshman Evan Adkins was the area’s lone Division I individual qualifier. He was the highest finishing freshman at the Southwest District competition, finishing eighth overall with a 687 series.
According to Xenia High Athletic Director Mark Stoll, Adkins and Buccaneers coach Robert Rose were already in Columbus and could not be reached for comment.
The Division I state bowling tournament is today (boys) and Saturday (girls) at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, located at 3224 S. High St., in Columbus.