By Susan Jenior
It is always exciting when a new sport is added to the roster of a school’s athletic choices.
That was the case this season when the Field Falcons added boys and girls bowling.
Field competes in the Metro Athletic Conference and they are steadily making progress.
At the beginning of the season, coaches Scott Bower and Amanda Kusar both offered that their teams would improve throughout the season and might surprise a few teams.
The teams are doing just that: Steadily improving.
The girls recently lost to the Woodridge Bulldogs, but only by 249 pins. The experienced Bulldogs have been one of the better teams in the area since the inception of the sport.
Making it even more impressive was that the loss was at Clutch Lanes in Peninsula, home of the Bulldogs.
The Falcons were led by Makayla Doak’s 256 series in their 1,308 to 1,059 loss.
The Field boys picked up their first win earlier this season against Cloverleaf, topping the Colts 2,089 to 1,945 at Strikes and Spares Lanes in Lodi. Ryan Roosa led the Falcons (224-398). Caleb Brastine had the runner-up high series for the team, a 210-363.
Against Norton, the Falcons improved their team score to 2,325 and lost by only 165 pins.
Peyton Hover (241-413) and Ryan Roosa (207-378) led the Falcons.
Congratulations to the two new teams in Portage County and their coaches as they continue to work toward conference accolades and postseason tourneys.
The Rootstown boys and girls continued their undefeated seasons as both Rovers groups improved to 4-0 with victories over Crestwood.
For the boys, the solid scores included Caleb Stevens’ 213-425, Justin Miller’s 224-436 and Nick Moorehead’s 212-410.
Moorehead has been enjoying a consistent season for the Rovers. His scores are usually among the high scores in every match, and he has also earned high game and first-team honors at the Norton tournament.
The Rovers’ girls bested Crestwood behind the solid scoring of Natalie Hammerschmidt’s 220-405, Payton Curall’s 209-388 and Emma Dau’s 236-486.
Coaches, Thom Butcher leading the boys and Andy Day at the helm of the girls, are looking to repeat their success at the Portage Trail Conference Tournament capturing successive titles.
The Kent Roosevelt girls are having success on the lanes this season, recently topping the Stow Bulldogs 2,098 to 1,804.
Roosevelt’s Emma Athur was the best on the lanes for the Rough Riders, tossing a 179-353 for the high series. Jillian Eden owned the high-game honors, rolling a 204 on her way to a 343 series.
The Rough Riders’ boys were toppled by an always tough Stow Bulldogs team, but Roosevelt still owned several solid games and series by individuals.
Aidan Broyles just missed throwing a 200 game by one pin, rolling a 199-346, but it was Brayden Darkow, who already owns a 300 game this season, bowling a 268-419.
Many bowling teams have a lighter schedule over the December holidays, but action will be concentrated on conference titles and postseason tourneys in January and February leading to the state tournaments at the beginning of March.