Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Versailles Boys Varsity Bowlers Now 3-1

After getting off to a tough start on the season again Ottowa Glandorf, the Versailles Boys Varsity Bowlers have bounced back to improve their season record to 3-1. The final score was Versailles 2,667 to OG’s 2,800. Leading the Tigers were Kenny Nagel with a 232 and Zach Marshal with a 224.

The Tigers bounced back against Van Wert at Plaza Lanes in Celina with a final score of 2,760 to 2,329. Leading the Tigers the 2nd week was Dustin Ruhe with a 241 and Kenny Nagel with a 224.

The 3rd week was not going to get any easier against a solid Lima Central Catholic team. “This was a very crucial match for us. If we would have lost this match, we would have started at 1-2 with S, WOHSBC leaders, St. Henry the following week,” said Coach Davidson. This match looked as if the Tigers were going to run away with it after the 1st 2 games. “We were up by 161 pins and were rolling the ball well,” said Davidson. LCC was not ready to throw in the towel as they came out firing in the Baker games. They started with a 243 and ended with a 236 for a 204 Baker game average, well over their season Baker average. The final score ended in the Tiger’s favor, 2,922 to 2,885. Leading scorers for Versailles was Alex Groff 256, Kyle Cotner 235 and Zach Marshal 210.

Speedway Lanes in New Bremen was the setting for the Versailles/St. Henry match. “In my 5 years as head coach, we have faced St. Henry at Speedway Lanes 2 other times and have come out on the losing end. There is something about this center that they like. However, since we were bowling 2nd shift on burned up lane conditions, I felt we had the upper hand due to our ability to adjust to tougher lane conditions,” said Coach Davidson.

As with all match ups against St. Henry, it was close through 2 games with the Tigers only leading by 111 pins. The Tigers steadily kept increasing their lead through game 3 of the baker games and then game 4 the Tigers started to fall apart opening 4 out of the first 5 frames and St. Henry was starting to strike. “I pulled the guys together and told them they were bowling to not lose. You must bowl to win and cannot go up there forcing shots. It seemed to work and the guys finished the 4th and 5th games strong,” said Davidson. The final score was Versailles 2,754 to 2,598. Leading scorers were Kenny Nagel 216-203 and Alex Groff with a 207.

“As the season progresses, all of the guys are improving and a different guys have stepped up when needed. Overall, I am pleased with our performances, but we still have a lot of improvement to do if we want to compete and win against the other top teams in the WOHSBC,” said Davidson.

The Tigers will be facing St. Marys and Ansonia this Saturday and possibly Parkway on Monday for a make up match (if they are able to get it scheduled for then) All results and standings can be found at www.wohsbc.com.

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