BLUE ASH — The Wilmington High School boys bowling team finished sixth Thursday in the Div. I sectional tournament at Crossgate Lanes and qualified for next week’s district tournament.
With a team pinfall total of 3,640, Wilmington advanced to the district tournament for the third year in a row.
And after a season of struggle in the baker games, it was those final six games that put the Hurricane over the top.
“Other than practice, it’s just a matter of staying around the pocket and making your spares (in baker games),” WHS head coach Josh Fisher said. “The boys knew what position they were in and thew they had to keep it close to keep from getting knocked out.”
Through the first two bakers games, the Hurricane held down the sixth and final district qualifying spot. However, a 128 third baker game dropped Wilmington out district contention and into seventh place, Fisher said.
But the Hurricane rallied with baker games of 184, 202 and 161 to re-claim sixth place and a spot in next week’s district. WHS finished with a 1,021 total in the six bakers games.
“We were as consistent through those bakers, as good as anybody except Mason,” Fisher said.
Wilmington will bowl 9 a.m. Wednesday at Beaver-Vu Lanes in Beavercreek in the Div. I District tournament. Fisher said Mason won the sectional and qualified as a team along with Middletown, LaSalle, Milford, Elder and Sycamore.
The WHS girls also qualified as a team to the girls district tournament, which will be held 9 a.m. Thursday at Beaver-Vu.
“I don’t know if the boys and girls have qualified to the districts together in the same year,” Fisher said.
Individually, Zach Zeckser led WHS with a 548 (181, 203, 164) while Ryan Hottinger was close behind at 539 (161, 189, 189). Timothy Wright had 627 (160, 190, 177), Donavon Brown 512 (182, 174, 156) and Tristan Reiley had 493 (171, 158, 164).
With a third straight appearance in the district tournament, Fisher and his Hurricane realize this would be a good year to break that string of missed state tournament appearances.
“We have three senior boys out of the starting five,” Fisher said. “I think it is very important to them to make it out of the district. They have a little more incentive, more desire to make it out, this being their last chance.”