France denied in bid for state bowling tournament

By Mark Huber -

BEAVERCREEK – Clinton-Massie senior Aric France had his bowling season end Thursday at the Division II Southwest District tournament at Beaver-Vu Lanes.

“Usually he is the one who is laid back and makes things work for him,” CM coach Shonda Marburger said. “Aric made the comment to me that ‘I have little to no margin for error.’”

France finished the day with a 501 series, which included games of 207, 136, 158.

“He missed the cut … it’s not by much but I don’t know exactly where the other kids fell. Aric was close but I’m not sure how close.”

Final results had not been posted to the Southwest District Board website by 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Marburger said France didn’t use his own ball in the tournament, opting instead to use a ball from assistant coach Jeremy Marburger.

“For Aric to say the oil pattern was tough, it must have been really tough on him,” Marburger said. “He needed a stronger ball than the ones he had. It wasn’t (so much) a ball issue, it was the oil pattern with little margin for error.”

Urbana was the overall team champion with Versailles finishing as runnerup. Marburger said there was a 300 pin difference between first and second place and a 500 pin difference between first and fourth place.

By Mark Huber

Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports

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