HS Sports Thursday: Carrollton, Minerva girls bowling headed to state


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Thursday’s Division II District Bowling Tournament at Coshocton’s Legacy Lanes saw the Minerva Lions’ girls squad advance to the state tournament – as well as Carrollton’s boys and girls teams.

Carrollton rolled a 2732 team total (988-889-855) to finish atop the six-team tournament in Thursday’s girls’ tournament, while Minerva finished as runners-up at 2343 (773-760-810).

The two schools finished in similar fashions for the boys’ tournament, with the Warriors’ 2662 team total (873-864-925) eclipsing the second-place Lions’ 2592 (838-909-845).

Carrollton’s two squads and Minerva’s girls, as well as all qualifying individual bowlers, will compete at the Ohio High School State Bowling Championships on March 4-5 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in Columbus.


For the Warrior girls, senior Tara Oberlin (618, 258-203-157) and sophomore Abby Natcher (556, 178-215-163) finished as the only Carrollton bowlers to post three-game scores. Oberlin’s final total ranked first among all bowlers for the tournament, while Natcher placed fourth among all individuals. The two were joined by two-game scores from Kellyn Harsh (356, 284-172), Joline Greaves (339, 189-150), and Aubrey Taylor (328, 179-149).

Zoey Elliott (208), Mack Rummell (174), and Madi Bittaker (153) also contributed to Carrollton’s final total.

As for Minerva, freshman Jadynn Thompson led with an individual total of 615 (224-190-201), while junior Lydia Sanor (473, 149-147-177) and sophomore Shelby Worrell (432, 142-129-161) added to the Lions’ score. Other scores for Minerva included Anna Leach (312, 160-152), Calee Lukowski (283, 149-134), and Sierra Cress (228, 109-119).

Conotton Valley finished in third place with a team total of 2279 (776-770-733). Daphne Stuber led the Rockets with a 482 (169-177-136).

Sandy Valley finished fourth at 2259 (799-757-703), but Raven Cordia finished with a 557 (211-155-191), which was third-best among all bowlers and earned the junior an individual spot in the Division II state tournament.

Harrison Central’s Aleyna Runevitch nabbed the second qualifying individual spot with a 543 (191-189-163). The two individuals will compete in the Division II girls’ state tournament on Saturday, March 5.

St. Clairsville (2333, 840-723-770) and Claymont (2181, 767-751-663) finished in fifth and sixth place, respectively, to round of the girls’ tournament pool.

Tuscarawas Central Catholic senior Emma Slates also competed on Thursday, rolling a 471 (147-174-150) to finish 14th in the individual field.


Carrollton’s first-place finish on Thursday was led by junior Brant George (547, 146-185-216) and senior Ryan Worth (545, 183-192-170). Both ended the day with top-ten finished among the individual field.

The Warriors also received qualifying scores from freshman Bryce Taylor (538, 183-189-166), Ian Pallaye (519, 183-147-189), and Kobe Green (513, 178-151-184).

For Minerva, senior Ahdyn Lautzenheiser finished with a team-high 555 (169-211-175), which was fourth-best among all individual scores. Cameron Mayle (522, 181-198-143), Isaiah Frazier (516, 163-169-184), Lloyd Grate (369, 176-193), Michael May (337, 182-155), Nick Baumgardner (150), and Isaac Wisenbarger (143) rounded out the Lions’ scores.

East Liverpool (2626, 767-951-908) finished in third place, despite junior Nathan Kelly winning medalist honors with a 670 individual score (205-227-238). Behind Kelly was teammate Gavin Maze, who rolled a 584 (175-220-189).

Kelly will advance to the Division II boys’ state tournament on Friday, Mar. 4 in Columbus.

Conotton Valley finished fourth with a 2586 (787-866-933). Sophomore Bobby Brennan tied with Maze for second-best among individual scores (584, 191-186-207).

Beaver (2452, 789-826-837) and Garaway (2455, 789-898-768) finished in fifth and sixth place, respectively.