Bowling is now an officially recognized and sanctioned sport by the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA). Because of this first-ever approval by the OHSAA the enthusiasm and response by the four boys varsity teams and four girls varsity teams in Clermont County has grown significantly.
The Barons are in the forefront, at least record-wise, of the eight Clermont County teams. The Blue and White sports a 6-0 overall record and 2-0 in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division (FAVC-C).
The Amelia victories have come over Milford 2793-2744, Anderson 2785-2719, Norwood 2306-1862, Goshen 2716-2394, Turpin 2785-2190, and Little Miami 2442-1651.
“This has been an outstanding season,” said Tony Kellerman, head coach of the Barons.
Statistically, Amelia tops all 12 FAVC schools in any of the three divisions with an overall team average of 2702; Mason is second, 44 pins behind the Clermont countians at 2658.
Senior Joshua Kellerman, the coach’s son, is ranked fifth among 82 FAVC keglers with a 205 (overall) average. Senior Chris Pfaffroth (seventh in the FAVC) is averaging 204, junior Chris Andler (10th in the FAVC) is averaging 202, sophomore Wes Lukemire (16th in the FAVC) is averaging 192, and senior Brandon Huber (17th in the FAVC) is averaging 191. Rounding out the top six of this stellar squad is senior Dan Ruggerio who is averaging 163. Kellerman paces the Barons with a team best 450 two-game series, Huber has rolled a 450, Lukemire 449, and Pfaffroth 443. Huber owns the best single game effort of the season with a 256, Ruggerio has a 252, Kellerman and Pfaffroth both are credited with 247, Andler has a 202, and junior Joshua Brafford 191.