Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Versailles Bowlers Make Statement at Kickoff Tourney

Megan Monnin and Michael Davidson
The WOHSBC begins their season Saturday, November 16th. Prior to the season starting, the WOHSBC holds their annual singles tournament to kickoff the season. Each bowler rolls 2 games and then the field is cut to the top half where 1 more game is bowled. After 2 games, the field was cut. 5 out of 9 made the cut for the girls and 6 out of 8 made it for the boys. 1 more game was bowled and then the field was cut to the top 4 in each division. Paige Holsapple led the girls with a 581 and Michael Davidson led the boys with a 706. (Davidson made a run in the 2nd game at a 300 game but left a rip 10 pin the first ball in the 10th)

Unfortunately, for the girls, it was Paige against 4th place qualifier Megan Monnin from Versailles. It was a close game with Megan winning 181 to 164. Megan then went on to face Lauren Sanning from Coldwater. This was a nail biter and came down to the tenth frame. With a strike up in the 9th, Megan could shut out Lauren by rolling a strike. She left 3 pins and converted the spare. Lauren now needed to strike the 1st ball in the tenth. She struck and still had some work to do. She needed to mark with 9pins or more to win. She threw an errant shot and went right through the head pin getting a lucky break and leaving only the 6 pin. She converted the spare to win the tournament.

For the boys, tournament leader Michael Davidson faced Chandler Kaeck from Wapakoneta in the first match. Davidson won 223 to 198. The final match was set with Davidson facing Josh Heitkamp from St. Henry. Michael struggled a little bit early on, but made a ball and line change. He finished the game strong, but Josh wasn’t giving in. Josh ended up winning the title 222 to 203.

“Coach Phlipot and I were extremely please with how the kids bowled today. Overall, we had more bowlers make the cut than any other year. To have two 2nd place finishes is a great start and confidence booster to begin the season.” Said Coach Davidson

Here are the other bowlers that made the cut and there final finish. Paige Holsapple 3rd, Brooke Wehrkamp 5th, Megan Ward 12th and Kelsey Berning 17th.

For the boys: Zach Marshal 5th, Ben Ahrens 17th, Dustin Ruhe 20th, Alex Groff 21st and Kenny Nagel 32nd.

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