Austintown Fitch girls, Canfield boys heading back to state

Familiar faces from the Mahoning Valley will be heading to Columbus in two weeks for the Division I?state bowling tournament.

In Sunday’s district tournament at Riviera Lanes in Akron, Fitch finished third, rolling a 3,499 – 82 pins behind district champion Coventry (3,581). Coming in second was GlenOak with a 3,527.

The Fitch girls will be making their second straight appearance to Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl on Saturday, March 8. This is the fourth time since 2009 the Falcons have qualified for the state tournament.

Last year, the Falcons qualified, but failed to make it to the elimination round. Their best finish at state was in 2009, when they finished fifth.

On Sunday, Jessica Halas had the best series of the day for the Falcons, bowling a 527. Lynnette Seebacher had the highest game of the day for the team, rolling a 199.

In the girls division, the top five teams and the top five individuals on non-qualifying teams advance to the state tournament. For the boys, it was the top six in each category.

Finishing second in the boys Division I?tournament was defending state champion Canfield with a 3,977. It was a tight race for the Cardinals as they were only 19 pins behind district champion Olmstead Falls (3,996).

Paul Harris had the best day for the Cardinals, bowling the fourth-best series of the day with a 636. Also, the Cardinals had the best six-game baker series of the tournament with a 1,180.

Also making the trip to state will be Boardman’s Jake Wagner, who threw a 619 series for the fourth qualifying spot. The Boardman boys as a team bowled on Sunday, but finished in 10th.

The boys tournament will be held on Friday, March 7, also at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.

This is the first year the state bowling tournament has been divided into Division I?and Division II, as well as holding two weekends for the tournament.