Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Versailles Boys Varsity Bowlers Now 8-3

The Versailles Varsity Bowlers had a couple of close losses to Wapakoneta and Minster during a lot of action the last couple of weeks. Their record is now 8-3 for the season.

The match against Wapakoneta went back and for the from the 1st game all the way through the Baker games. Going into the last Baker game, the Tigers were up 12 pins. However, they failed to convert key spares the last game and Wapak beat them 180 to 161. The total score ended Wapak 2,806 to Versailles 2,794.

The next match was against New Bremen and they had no issues on this match winning 2,051 to 1,686. This was a shortened match due to this being a double shift. The 2nd match was against a much improved Minster team. The Tigers continued to have issues converting crucial spares under pressure situations and rolled a 115 their last Baker Game to Minster’s 189. The match ended up in Minster’s favor, 1,851 to 1,832. (once again this was a short format due to the double shift)

On Martin Luther King Day, the boys competed in the Pioneer Classic in Lima. “Now that we are out of the running to defend our WOHSBC title, it is time to re-focus and get ready for post season play. Our new season starts today. You guys need to start believing in yourselves more and executing better under pressure,” said Coach Davidson. Well, the boys answered. The lane pattern was the state pattern from last years tournament, so it was going to be difficult, especially on 40 year old wood lanes.

The boys were 13th after the 1st game and continued to work hard. They shot up to 7th after two games and remained there after the 3rd game and 5 baker games. The stage was set for the best 3 out of 5 Baker games. The 1st match was against St. Henry. The Tigers were down, but not out going into the 8th frame. “We got on a roll and rolled some really good shots and struck out to put the pressure on St. Henry. All they needed to do was mark in the 9th or 10th. St. Henry failed to do so and we won the 1st game”, said Davidson. The next 2 games were won by the Tigers with ease to move on to the final 4.

The always tough Wapakoneta Redskins were ready to bowl the Tigers. Although the Tigers rolled a couple of 200 games, Wapak was just too tough that day. They ended up beating the Tigers in 3 games and then rolled over Coldwater in 3 games to win the tournament.

This past Saturday, the boys had two more matches against Mississinawa Valley and Parkway. The Tigers defeated them 2,779 to 2,315 in a full match and 2,235 to 1,543 in a shortened match due to a double header. Dustin Ruhe led the Tigers for the day with a high game of 246 and a 441 series for 2 games.

All results and standings can be found at

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