Beavercreek girls needed a rally to win state title

By Meaghan Frazier Special Correspondent

March 15, 2014

COLUMBUS — This past weekend, after a seven-year drought, the Beavercreek girls bowling team rallied back after being down by two games in their best-of-five series to Akron Coventry to claim its second State bowling title at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.

The Beavercreek girls, along with coaches Joe Sumner and Bob Bobbitt, had to battle against Bowling Green and Austintown-Fitch to make their way into the final matchup against the Comets. Akron Coventry, a major eye-opener throughout the tournament, started with a win against first seed Centerville and went on to beat no. 4 seed Mentor to secure a spot in the finals against no. 3 Beavercreek.

The Beavers dispatched of no. 6 Bowling Green with a run of 158-201-166-173-148 compared to 157-141-168-233-126. After topping the no. 2 seeded Austintown-Fitch with a combined score of 870-836 in the second round, they faced Akron Coventry in the finals, where they won with a combined score of 884-850.

“Going into the finals against the eighth seeded team, I was sure we had a chance at the title,” said Sumner. “We opened up with losing the first two games, and now behind, I told them ‘do not give up on the game and we would do this one game at a time.’ We did come back to win the last three games as Akron threw everything they had at us.”

After dropping their first two matches, the Beavers rallied off three straight wins 183-169, 255-203 and 185-142.

Coach Sumner couldn’t have summed up their eventful state tournament any better.

“At the end of the day, the Beavercreek girls were the champs. It doesn’t get any better than that,” he said.

The Beavercreek girls who qualified for state include seniors Colleen Hines, Erin Harley and Stephanie Heller; juniors Maranda Kelley and Linsey Klein; and freshmen Raven Cooper and Brittany-Ann O’Connell.

Hines also placed in the top-10 of the individual competition. She finished 10th with a series of 209-175-210—594.