Girard, Hubbard win sectional bowling titles

The Girard boys and Hubbard girls captured Division II sectional bowling championships Sunday at Holiday Bowl in Struthers, leading a slew of area teams and individuals into the district.

Hubbard seniors Alexis Cobbin and Sabrina Romano finished 1-2 on the girls individual list with three-game series of 570 and 560, respectively. The Eagles won the sectional title over Girard by 191 pins. The other girls district qualifiers were Cardinal Mooney in third and McDonald fourth.

Hubbard led by 125 pins after the three qualifying rounds, then averaged 167 in six Baker games to capture the crown. Freshman Amber Davis was 16th overall and senior Ashligh George was 22nd to support Cobbin and Romano.

Girard’s top bowlers were sophomore Heidi Trautman (seventh), freshman Taylor Tillman (14th) and senior Cheyenne Moore (19th).

Cardinal Mooney was paced by senior Gianna Glover (fifth), senior Katlyn Shaner (17th) and sophomore Grace Ogden (18th).

McDonald’s Jenna Simmons and Ashley Dean finished ninth and 10th, respectively, while Julianna Srock was 21st and Hannah Alcantar was 23rd.

The top four individuals not on a qualifying team also are headed to district. They are Brookfield sophomore Emilee Bebech (third overall) and LaBrae freshman Molly Jones (fourth), along with Haylie Rotz (6th) of Lowellville and Brittany Coblentz (eighth) of Crestview.

The Division II district tournament is scheduled Feb. 24 at Wedgewood Lanes in Austintown.

Girard’s boys were led by the top overall individual finisher, sophomore Brett Zeigler, who rolled a 614. Fellow sophomore Jonathan Moore was fourth with a 593 series. Those two got help from juniors Logan Kondzich (eighth) and Donny Bishop (ninth).

Girard finished with a 127-pin edge on runner-up Struthers. The other two district qualifiers are Hubbard and Liberty.

Hubbard’s top finisher was senior Jacob Bryant in 11th place overall, but the Eagles averaged 170 in the six Baker games to qualify. Tyler Notman (13th) and Derrick Cobbin (19th) both contributed for Hubbard.

Liberty senior James Spisak finished as individual runner-up (600) to pace the Leopards. Alex Hlaudy (10th), Andrew Everly (20th) and Nick Spisak (21st) provided support.

Individual qualifiers were LaBrae senior Mason Persons (fifth), McDonald freshmen Dan Barker (sixth) and Steven Mongin (14th), and Wellsville’s Charles Click (seventh).

Meanwhile, on Saturday at Eastbury Lanes in Akron, the Garfield girls team qualified for district action by finishing third. Akron Springfield won that sectional with Crestwood in second and East Canton also qualifying in fourth.

Sophomore Lauren Sanchez finished second overall for Garfield with a 574 series. She got help from Lizzy Perkins (14th), Ryleigh Gough (15th) and Tyler Lippert (16th).

On the boys side, Garfield fell 41 pins short of qualifying as a team, finishing fifth. Only the top three advanced: Akron Springfield, Rootstown and Woodridge.

Garfield freshman David Martin qualified for district as an individual with his 581 series, good enough for sixth overall. Teammate Chris Perme finished seventh, just behind Martin, but did not qualify. Joey Ewell was ninth and Mathew Hale 17th.

Area schools Lakeview, Champion and Maplewood will compete in the Division II sectional at Wickliffe Lanes on Saturday. Area Division I schools have their sectional next Sunday at Boardman Lanes. The D-I district is Feb. 25, also at Wedgewood Lanes.

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