WGH bowlers roll into district

The Warren G. Harding girls bowling team is on its way to the Division I district tournament on Saturday after a third-place finish in the sectionals last week.

“We have worked very hard to get to this point,” Raiders coach Michelle Schuller said. “Of course the girls are nervous, but they also know that as long as they perform well, we can reach the state tournament.”

The Raiders bowled a 3201, beating fourth-place Howland by 114 pins to keep the Tigers out of the district tournament. The top three teams in the sectional at Stow advanced to the district at Roseland Lanes in Bedford.

Stow-Munroe Falls won the girls sectional with Boardman in second. Austintown Fitch was second in the boys’ competition, behind Kent Roosevelt and ahead of third-place Stow. Area individual qualifiers include Howland senior Danielle Harigan and Niles junior Nathan Zook.

At Roseland, the girls will roll Saturday beginning at noon and the boys will roll on Sunday.

Moving on in the tournament comes with new adjustments to make for the Raiders.

“We have concentrated on hitting our marks and picking up spares, those are going to be our keys to advancing in this tournament,” Schuller said.

The Raiders failed to make the district tournament last year, but in Schuller’s first season Harding has made the turnaround, advancing to the next stage of the tournaments.

“We went into the season with some really talented girls. I have to commend them for the performance they put up for my first year,” Schuller said. “I’m very proud of them.”

Senior Isabella Frazzini was the top performer in the sectional, placing in eighth with a total of 505. According to her coach, she’s been a clutch performer and is only getting started.

“Isabella’s performance has improved with every match we played this season and by being a top 10 performer in the sectional, she proved to the team that she can come through when we needed her,” Schuller said.

In addition to Frazzini, the Raiders had another senior, Payton Schuller, finish in 13th with a total of 479 pins. Payton was honored by the All-American Conference with a “Student Spotlight” on their website.

“As our team captain, we are very proud and excited for her,” Schuller said. “Payton has worked very hard to become one of the top average holders on our team. She has put in the time, she always gives 100 percent and we think that she was a great choice to have highlighted on the AAC website.”

Payton also bowled the highest game of the sectionals for the Raiders, bowling a 203.

All five of Harding’s bowlers placed in the top 25. The three juniors Paityn Stienstra, Zoey Schoolcraft and Iionna Honzu bowled a 465, 434 and 425, respectively.

The key to the Raiders’ season is a simple one. Schuller says it all comes down to attitude and teamwork.

“The key to the season is their positive attitudes,” Schuller said. “They work very well as a team.”