Hubbard's Miranda Romano entered for the Division II state bowling tournament as the fourth and final individual from the Northeast district, although she tied for third at the district tournament.
When the dust settled at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl on Saturday, the senior Eagle had the last laugh, as Romano earned first-team All-Ohio honors with a fifth-place finish. Her pin total of 598 through three games was the second-highest among all bowlers from the district behind Parma Padua-Franciscan's Belle Panza, who tied for third with 607.
"I'm just still shocked about it," Romano said. "I was confident that if I kept my head in, I'd do fine."
Throughout all three games, Romano stayed in the top 10 of the standings, bowling a 202 in her first game, an 169 in her second game and a 227 in the third and final game. Those scores gave her an average of 199 pins - 15 more than her season average going into the tournament (184).
Romano had previous experience at the state tournament, but it came last year with the team. This year, she traveled to Columbus on her own. She said she was able to get past being on her own by getting along with fellow individual qualifiers, including McDonald's Breena Burk, who completed the tournament with 508 pins and tied for 35th place.
"It is a huge transition," Romano said. "It's one of the hardest things to do. I made friends with the girls on my lane and I just enjoyed myself."
Romano and Burk managed to see a fellow competitor bowl a 300 - Urbana's Taylor Bodey. The senior accomplished the feat in the third and final individual game, which shot her to the top of the individual leaderboard with a total of 658.
"I had a feeling someone was going to bowl a 300," Romano said. "I wish it was me, but I give her so much credit for doing it."