Hayes girls nab top-3 finish at district bowling tourney

By Ben Stroup - bstroup@delgazette.com



Delaware Hayes used a solid three games of regulation to climb into the top two before a steady showing in bakers earned them a third-place finish in Friday’s Girls Division I District Bowling Tournament at Sawmill Lanes.

The finish earned the Pacers, who closed with a combined total of 3,740, a spot in the upcoming state showcase. They will join district champ Briggs (3,888), runner-up Whitehall-Yearling (3,811) and fourth-place Gahanna (3,611).

Hayes was led by senior Alicia Halstead, who finished with games of 235, 258 and 164 to close with a three-game total of 657 — the third-best series among all bowlers. Only Whitehall-Yearling’s Madison Stiffler (760) and Eastmoor Academy’s Averi Brown (663) were better.

The Pacers’ Emma Wasielewski also nabbed a top-10 finish, closing with games of 201, 169 and 201 for a combined 598. Jenna VanGundy, meanwhile, finished 12th among individuals with a 565 series.

Orange and Olentangy were also in action at the tourney, finishing seventh and ninth with respective totals of 3,405 and 3,318.

Neither qualified for states as teams, but both will be represented when the tournament gets underway Friday morning at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl. The Braves’ Stephanie Shurman and Pioneers’ SarahKate Palmer punched tickets as individuals with respective three-game totals of 606 and 605 — the fifth- and sixth-best marks among individuals.

Big Walnut’s Kaitlyn Morrison also earned a spot in the state showcase, qualifying with a three-game total of 571 — the 10th-best series among individuals.

Update: March 10

Delaware Hayes had a strong third game, rolling a combined 877 to finish with a regulation total of 2,425, but it wasn’t enough to get the Pacers into the team finals during Friday’s OHSAA State Girls Division I Bowling Tournament at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.

Hayes finished 14th among the 16 state-qualifying teams. The Pacers’ regulation total, coupled with the 518 pins they knocked down in the three baker games, gave them a total of 2,943 — a mark 143 pins away from qualifying for the knockout round.

Senior Alicia Halstead led the Pacers with a combined 583 — the 12th-best series among the 184 bowlers in action. She had games of 170, 187 and 226 to account for her total.

Other Hayes contributors included juniors Jenna VanGundy (557), Emma Wasielewski (453) and Reagan Olson (443).

Orange’s SarahKate Palmer led a trio of area standouts who competed as individuals. The senior finished with a 580 series, 14th overall, with games of 202, 197 and 181. Olentangy senior Stephanie Shurman (549) and Big Walnut sophomore Kaitlyn Morrison (528) finished 26th and 40th, respectively.

Beavercreek was the top seed out of qualifying, finishing with a combined 3,407.

Stow-Munroe Falls, which finished fourth in qualifying, knocked Beavercreek out in the semifinals on the way to capturing the team title. Stow-Monroe Falls beat Troy in the final.

Briggs freshman Dakota Fink led all individuals with a 677 series.


By Ben Stroup


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