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Wadsworth first, Brunswick fourth at bowling sectionals

CUYAHOGA FALLS — Wadsworth boys bowling coach George Steele saw glimpses of what could be all season.

The Grizzlies teased him a week ago with a third-place finish in the Suburban League, but everything came together Sunday at the Summit County Division I Sectional.

It culminated with a first-place finish at Stonehedge Lanes in a loaded field as Wadsworth outpaced Springfield by 90 pins to advance to districts next weekend.

“I saw it last Saturday in the second game of our Suburban League championship,” Steele said. “When I saw us take a huge leap to finish third, that’s when I could see us turning the table. All season, it has been generating right to there. We’ve been growing and maturing the whole time”

The Grizzlies were a study in consistency, with Austin Wrobel (582), Chris Steele (557), Cooper Wrobel (550) and Eric Auffenberg (514) rolling strong three-game series.

It kept everyone else off their collective back and Wadsworth moved to AMF Hall of Fame Lanes in Canton with all the confidence in the world.

“Scoring was low today all around, but they went out there and dug it out,” George Steele said. “They were the elite team from start to finish. Everybody was watching. They were waiting to see if we would slip, but we never slipped.”

The Brunswick boys clawed their way to the fourth and final qualifying spot.

The Blue Devils rebounded from a season-low 713 second game that dropped them to sixth and regrouped to earn their 10th district appearance in the last 11 seasons.

Jordan Gerda (541), Nate Barbopoulos (533) and Hunter Terry (502) rolled well. with Tyler Radcliff (492) and Andrew McGuire (449) contributing.

“They weren’t ready to end the season today,” Brunswick coach Jonathan Laube said. “They wanted to go on another week at least. The way everything was going, if they could come back in the third game, they would still be in the thick of things.

“They came back in that third game and all the other teams kind of fell off to meet us so going into Baker games we were only 20 or 30 pins out. We knew if we had some decent Bakers, we’d be right in it.”

Cloverleaf finished 12th in the 14-team field and was led by Jayme Keene (393).

While no girls teams advanced, Wadsworth’s Brooke Martin (498) finished third as an individual and qualified.

“Without Lexie Steele bowling today (stomach virus), it was nice to see the team still rallying and Brooke taking charge of that position,” George Steele said. “It encourages me for next season to see she has that senior leadership for next year.”

Brunswick finished seventh and was led by Emily Beal (435), while Wadsworth was 10th. Cloverleaf was 12th in the 15-team field and Buckeye was 13th.

Kristen Sparks (430) paced the Colts, while Emali Ezell (425) was the leader for the Bucks.

Contact Brad Bournival at bournival929@gmail.com.

Boys

CUYAHOGA FALLS — Results Sunday from the Summit County Division I Sectional at Stonehedge Lanes.

Team standings (Top 4 teams advance to district): 1. Wadsworth 3,715; 2. Springfield 3,625; 3. Cuyahoga Falls 3,578; 4. Brunswick 3,551; 5. Tallmadge 3,403; 6. Ellet 3,331; 7. Copley 3,259; 8. Firestone 3,202; 9. Akron East 3,159; 10. Akron North 3,137; 11. Archbishop Hoban 3,099; 12. Cloverleaf 2,914; 13. Kenmore 2,713; 14. Barberton 2,669.

Wadsworth (3,715): Austin Wrobel 582, Chris Steele 557, Cooper Wrobel 550, Eric Auffenberg 514

Brunswick (3,551): Jordan Gerda 541, Nate Barbopoulos 533, Hunter Terry 502, Tyler Radcliff 492, Andrew McGuire 449

Cloverleaf (2,914): Jayme Keene 493, Chase Eby 427, Preston Haditsch 427, Chase Combs 326, Tony Zadravec 398

Girls

CUYAHOGA FALLS — Results Sunday from the Summit County Division I Sectional at Stonehedge Lanes.

Team standings (Top 4 teams advance to district): 1. Archbishop Hoban 3,194; 2. Tallmadge 3,152; 3. Springfield 3,146; 4. Copley 3,122; 5. Cuyahoga Falls 2,974; 6. Akron North 2,813; 7. Brunswick 2,760; 8. Ellet 2,753; 9. Firestone 2,725; 10. Wadsworth 2,692; 11. Barberton 2,593 12. Cloverleaf 2,581; 13. Buckeye 2,547; 14. Akron East 2,249 15. Buchtel 908.

Individual qualifiers: 1. Mackenzie Vannatten (Ell) 553; 2. Ray Madison (Fir) 537; 3. Brooke Martin (Wad) 498; 4. Nichole Hannan (CF) 487.

Brunswick: (2,760): Emily Beal 435, Savannah Bayes 420, Ally Kovach 404, Sky Rios 352

Wadsworth (2,692): Brooke Martin 498, Kaitlyn Jones 419, Haley Lee 359, Tori Zakikian 346

Cloverleaf (2,581): Kristen Sparks 430, Kelly Lacko 397, Whitney Wilson 374, Brianna Buckingham 368, Ariana Deeb 332

Buckeye (2,547): Emali Ezell 425, Madison Busse 401, Morgan Schindler 354, Ceanna Burnheimer 341, Alexa Ferguson 329



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