By Chris Chaney
The Glen Este Trojans began their march upstate last week as both the boys’ and girls’ teams qualified for the district tournament at Beaver-Vu Lanes in Beavercreek, Ohio.
Both bowling out of Crossgate Lanes, the Trojans’ boys’ team finished in third place behind Middletown and St. Xavier, while the girls’ team placed fourth behind Middletown, Mercy and Princeton.
The pair of Ryan Stroup and Tyler Clark led the Trojans. Stroup, a junior, was Glen Este’s top bowler, notching a series score of 600 pins. Clark, a senior, wasn’t far behind, knocking out 576 pins in the sectional round. Both finished inside the top-25 individually.
Not far behind the top-two were Justin Taylor and Blake Huber, another senior/junior combination. Taylor bowled a series of 547 and Huber bowled a 546. Sophomore Kyle Smith added a 204 game.
An exceptional Baker series, in which the Trojans notched the top score in four of the six rounds, placed the team comfortably inside the top five, guaranteeing themselves a trip to districts.
On the girls’ side, the Lady Trojans finished 60 pins ahead of fifth-place finishers Loveland to earn their bid into the districts.
Individually, the Lady Trojans notched two bowlers inside the top-25 with Amber Walters placing 16th and Erin Hunley grabbing 23rd. Both seniors bowled consistently throughout the day with Walters’ 505 finishing 17 pins ahead of Hunley’s 488.
Haley Vogelsang, a junior, buffeted her two senior teammates, rolling a 473 series with a first-game 177 as her high pin count. April Belanger and Leslie Campbell chipped in with a pair of games over 170.
Like the boys’ team, Glen Este’s girls thrived in the Baker rounds, rolling consistent series that topped out at 193, firmly solidifying their standing as the fourth of the five teams that would advance.
Outside of Glen Este, the three other Clermont County schools participating in the sectional bowling tournament failed to qualify as a team.
At Crossgate with the Trojans, Milford finished ninth in the boys’ division and eighth on the girls’ side. In both sectionals, the Eagles were less than 200 pins away from qualifying as a team.
A big reason for the boys’ high finish came off the hands of junior Nick Tringelof, whose 604 series landed him a spot in the districts as an individual. Tringelof rolled games of 194, 248 and 162 to finish 10th overall and fourth out of those whose teams did not qualify.
On the Lady Eagles, freshman Sarah Schmidtgelsling finished in 21st place overall, just 22 pins out of earning herself a district berth.
Also at Crossgate was Goshen. The Warriors placed 13th in the boys’ sectional and the Lady Warriors finished in 11th place in their sectional.
Goshen’s high bowlers were Tanner Stewart on the boys’ side and Hannah Schafer on the girls’.
The Amelia girls also bowled out of Crossgate Lanes, finishing in 14th place, led by Brittany Koehnke’s 489 series. The boys’ team bowled out of Colerain Bowl, finishing 23rd overall, led by Ryan Morris’ 508 series.
The Trojans and Milford’s Tringelof will made their bid for a state tournament appearance this weekend with the girls bowling on Friday, Feb. 22 and the boys bowling on Saturday, Feb. 23.