The varsity boys bowling team traveled to Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl on Friday to compete in the 2020 OHSAA Division I State Championships. The Southwest District Champions were hoping to make some noise and did so right out of the gate.
Starting with a perfect 5 for 5 with strikes in the opening frame of the first team game, the boys rolled an impressive 1,144 to jump out by 105 pins early. They came back down to earth a little with a 925 in game two which shrunk their lead to just two pins heading into the third team game. The boys rebounded in game three and rolled a 1,090 to stretch their lead to 66 heading into the three Baker games. In those games, the boys shot games of 223, 195 and 203 for a total of 3,780 which easily clinched them the #1 seed heading into the Baker match play state quarterfinals.
In the quarterfinals, they faced #8 seed Gahanna Lincoln. The Elks took game one, 203-173, before the Lions took game two, 212-187, to tie the best-of-five series at a game apiece. The Elks won game three, 208-204, and then took game four, 200-184, to win the match, 3-1 and advance to the state semifinals.
In the semifinals, the Elks faced #5 seed LaSallle. The Lancers took game one, 214-160, but the Elks rebounded to win game two, 191-166, to tie the match, 1-1. Game three was won by LaSalle, 220-171, to put the Elks in a must win situation to keep their season alive. Embracing the adversity they faced and responding appropriately, the Elks took game four, 213-164, and game five, 216-182, to win the match, 3-2, and advance to the State Finals.
In the finals, the Elks would face a familiar foe, Sidney. The Yellow Jackets rolled through the first two rounds by winning each match, 2-0. Unfortunately for the Elks, they stayed red hot and won game one, 237-196, game two, 171-160, and game three, 244-193, to claim the state championship over the Elks, 3-0.
Individually for the Elks, Brendan Salo finished seventh overall and made 2nd team all state and Ian Dobran finished fourth overall and was 1st team all state. Max Borneman finished 18th overall, giving the Elks three bowlers in the top 20.
It was an outstanding day and a great effort by the boys who should be extremely proud of their accomplishments.