Boys Varsity Bowling traveled to Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl to participate in the Division 2 State Bowling Championship. They are the first bowling team to do this for MV, so, whether they admit it or not, they were proud of themselves for getting that far, but nervous. With parents, relatives, and people from school, including Mr. Winchester, there to watch, they wanted to do well to represent their school.
The bowlers started out next to fellow WOHSBC league member (and future state champion of the day) Coldwater, which was a little familiar, yet daunting, as the Cavaliers have much State tournament experience. The Blackhawks began with some good pin fall and ended game 1 with a decent team score of 913, putting them in 11th place. Knowing the field is cut to 8 for the championship round, they weren’t that far out, being only 40 pins from 8th place. Switching lanes, game 2 saw MV struggling with splits and missed spares, which frustrated several of the bowlers. Only scoring an 866, the Blackhawks fell to 12th, down 104 pins. Before starting the 3rd game on a new set of lanes, Mason Hardwick tried to get his team back in the game with a great pep talk. Even though the team tried their hardest, the pins just didn’t want to fall their way. While other teams could be heard getting strike after strike, MV was still plagued by splits and missed spares. Their score of 869 moved them down to 14th place going in to the 3 game baker round. Knowing that it was going to be hard to move up with only 3 baker games and more than 100 pins to make up, the team finished out the day with the last game being bowled by the 5 graduating bowlers and a lot of sad emotions. The Blackhawks ended their state appearance in 14th place with a 3101.
Afterward, Mr. Winchester congratulated them on their accomplishment of making it to state and reminded them of how proud their school, families, and community were of them, no matter how they finished.
Although the day didn’t go as everyone had hoped, the 2019-2020 bowling season was a great success, with several records broken and a state appearance. Coach Longfellow was very proud of all that his bowlers accomplished. They end with a 5-2 WOHSBC record for 4th place and a 7-3 match record overall. In tournament play they finished 7th at the Centerville Sweet 16, 2nd at the Ft. Loramie Tournament, 7th at Sectionals, 3rd at Districts, and, of course, 14th at State. Well done, Blackhawks!!
Cameron Shimp 171, 192, 191 – 554 series
Colton Hardwick 141, 160, 148 – 449 series
Roman Dircksen 204, 145, 159 – 508 series
Mason Hardwick 182, 203, 185 – 570 series
Zac Longfellow 215, 166, 186 – 567 series