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Rolling into sectionals

February 15, 2013 - Dana Sulonen
When it comes to high school sports at this time of year, it's all about the postseason. Every team or athlete gets into the postseason for winter sports, but not everyone is going to make it to the coveted state tournament.

While it may be the least followed sport in the Mahoning Valley, the bowlers of the area probably have the best chance to send the most teams and individuals to the state tournament then any other sport being played right now.

On the girls' side, Hubbard and Austintown Fitch are the best two candidates to advance to Columbus as a team. Hubbard has been down there the past four years and are poised to make another run. Austintown Fitch is bowling tremendous right now and are putting up some jaw-dropping numbers. Sophomore Jessica Halas averages 195, junior Lynnette Seebacher is averaging 197 and junior Katie Viglio leads the team with a 207 average.

Both coaches are fully ready for their teams to make state runs. And listening to them, I believe they will be in Columbus on March 1 for the state bowling tournament.

Individuals can also advance, and in that respect, look out for Liberty's Marissa Simon, who bowled a 300 this season and is averaging 205.

On the boys' side, Fitch is up there again as they have also been putting up strong scores. Leading the way for the Falcons is Kyle Condrick, who averages a 226. He also bowled his first sanctioned 300 in the first round of the All-American Conference tournament.

Fitch came in fourth at state last year and are ready to make a repeat performance.

Champion is another school to watch out for. The Flashes won the AAC National on Wednesday, and that was without senior Eric Ferraro. If the Golden Flashes can make it out of districts, expect them to be joining Fitch in Columbus.

It may not be the sexiest winter sport, but the bowlers of the area have all the potential to make the state tournament well represented.


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