By Susan Jenior
And just like that, the OHSAA’s winter sports season, including high-school bowling, has started.
Many teams enjoy the bulk of their schedule beginning in December, with conference play in December and January prior to the OHSAA state tournaments.
However, a few tournaments are early with the competitive bowling season officially beginning Nov. 17.
The Metro Athletic Conference began competition on Saturday at Spins Bowl in Kent as the boys and girls teams, including Streetsboro, Ravenna and Field, bowled in the MAC Pre-Season Conference Tournament.
Tournament champions were the Springfield Spartans for the boys and the Norton Panthers for the girls, but several bowlers from Portage County gave notice they will make an impact in the MAC.
Among the eight boys teams, the Ravenna Ravens finished fourth.
The Field Falcons, in their very first tournament, earned sixth place over both Cloverleaf (seventh) and Streetsboro (eighth).
The Ravens Jeriah Miller earned fifth-high series, bowling a 662 that included games of 233 and 230. Teammate Carson Schueller earned the second-high series for the Ravenna team, a 595 with a high game of 243.
The Falcons were led by Ryan Roosa (223-570) and Caleb Brastine (202-529).
Connor Stevens tossed the high series for the Rockets, a 596 series that included a 212 high game.
The Norton Panthers earned the girls championship for the preseason as Ravenna earned fifth place and Field seventh place.
Alannah Raffa was the best for the Ravens and captured the sixth-high series in the event, bowling a 487, including a high game of 188.
Makayla Doak led the Falcons with a 352 series and a high game of 138.
The MAC season looks to be an exciting one.
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I look forward to featuring the best bowlers in Portage County and their successes from the preseason events to the state tournament.