Pacers, Pioneers, Braves advance to district bowling tournament


Delaware Hayes, Orange and Olentangy posted top-10 finishes to highlight Friday’s Division I girls sectional bowling tournament at Sawmill Lanes.

The Pacers finished fourth among the 38 teams in action, rolling a combined 3,329. The Pioneers tied for sixth with a 3,057 while the Braves finished 10th with a team total of 3,008.

All three easily advanced to the upcoming district showcase thanks to the solid showings.

Alicia Halstead led Hayes, which had a three-game total of 2,363 before baker games of 192, 151, 190, 137, 159 and 137 smoothed out its scoring summary. The senior finished with a team-best series of 608. Emma Wasielewski was also solid, closing with a three-game total of 525. Jenna VanGundy, meanwhile, rounded out the Pacers’ top three with a 446 series.

Orange was boosted by Haley Wemple’s 550 series while SarahKate Palmer (494 series) and Heather Gabele (444 series) were also steady.

Olentangy was led by Erika Brehm’s 540 series. Stephanie Shurman rolled a 475 series while Addison Starr had a three-game total of 454.

Liberty and Big Walnut were also in action, finishing 23rd and 25th with respective totals of 2,689 and 2,679.

While BW didn’t advance as a team, sophomore Kaitlyn Morrison punched a ticket to districts as an individual thanks to a three-game total of 479.

The Patriots’ Katy Wood also advanced, finishing 38th among individuals by rolling a 470 series.

The Division I district tourney is slated for Friday back at Sawmill Lanes. Action is set to start at 10 a.m.


Buckeye Valley played awfully well on the defensive end, but couldn’t get into any sort of offensive rhythm en route to a 33-28 loss to host Independence in the second round of the Division II district tournament Friday in Columbus.

The Barons, who trailed 13-10 after the first quarter and 21-14 at halftime, outscored the 76ers 14-12 in the second half to smooth out the scoring summary.

BV shot just 23% for the game (10-for-42). It limited Independence to 13-for-42 shooting.

Logan Hatcher led Buckeye Valley with 11 points and five rebounds. Alaina Radcliffe was the team’s second-leading scorer with five points.

Carlisa Strickland led Independence with nine points in the win.

Also: Gahanna 59, Hayes 22.

By Ben Stroup

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