CINCINNATI – Zach Zeckser had a 480 series and the Wilmington High School boys bowling team finished second Sunday in the inaugural Cardinal Classic at Colerain Bowl.
Zeckser had games of 244 and 236 to lead the Huricane into the final eight and head-to-head match play.
In match play, WHS faced No. 1 seed Oak Hills and came out on top with games of 226 and 268. In the 268 game, Wilmington had 11 strikes, failing only in the second frame to carry 10 pins.
“This should be a big confidence builder and momentum builder for us,” WHS coach Josh Fisher said. “Wi”th two seniors and three sophomores, that’s something to do with a field like that.”
The Highlanders are considered one of the favorites to win the Division I state championship, Fisher said.
In the final four, Wilmington faced host Colerain and defeated the Cardinals 224-171 and 196-178.
Then in the championship match, Wilmington was defeated by Beavercreek, 180-173 and 177-122.
“The lanes played pretty tight,” Fisher said. “We were in it until the 10th frame. We had an opportunity to win it, we just didn’t carry a shot. An unfortunate break probably cost us the match. That first game really sets the two in a best two of three.”
January 28 2018
WHS-171, 194, 206, 155, 175, 176, 225, 151 (1453)
Tristan Reiley 195, 191; Conner Mitchell 194, 220; Grant Pickard 228, 170; Zach Zeckser 244, 236; Elijah Martini 142, Zack Davis 169. TOTALS 1003, 986 (1989)
WHS vs Oak Hills
Wilmington 226-224, 268-214
WHS vs Colerain
Wilmington 224-171, 196-178
WHS vs Beavercreek
Beavercreek 173-180, 122-177