WILMINGTON — The East Clinton and Blanchester bowling teams squared off in a league battle to begin the 2018-19 bowling season at Royal Z Lanes.
The match also made history, as it was the first-ever match for the Blanchester bowling team.
EC girls win
East Clinton’s girls prevailed over Blanchester with a total pin count of 1314 to 1202.
EC head coach Joe Davis’ girls team has only returning bowlers from last season in Myah Jones and Junella Goodman, but said, “We have many new bowlers this year and I see great potential in the new bowlers headed by freshman August Morgan”, who led the Lady Astros with a 140-246 (series), followed by Jones with a 217 series.
“Tessa Bosier, (Mercedes) Sadie Gullie and Josie Runk all bowled well in their bowling premier,” Davis said, adding, “I am very proud of these young ladies. They all bowled well and showed signs of greater things to come.”
The high round of the night for Blanchester was earned by Brianna Haun with a score of 156 and a two-game score of 268.
BHS boys prevail
The Wildcats boys team won, 1750 to 1570. Orin Potts led Blanchester with a high of 171 and a two-game score of 322, followed closely behind by Bryan Brewer with a total of 304.
“It was an exciting event for Blanchester overall and for the expansion of high school bowling,” said Blan head coach Troy Ballinger.
The EC boys, coached by assistant coach Dale Wallace, were led by two of the three returning starters Austin Arrellano with 148-161=309 and Freddy Morgan bowled a 158-146 = 304.
East Clinton boys were close in the Bakers with a 374 to Blan’s 378.
“EC has several new bowlers this year who should improve as the season goes along,” said Wallace. “Zack Vaughn, the third returner, has looked well in practice early on this year and new bowler Todd Wedding had a high game of 140 and could really help out.”
Blanchester was set to compete again Tuesday, hosting Bethel-Tate at Eastgate Lanes.
East Clinton bowls again next Monday, Nov. 26 at home at Royal Z Lanes in Wilmington at 4 p.m. against league rival Bethel-Tate, followed by a home match against Felicity on Wednesday, Nov. 28.