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WGH misses state; Spartans 2nd

Warren G. Harding came up a little short at qualifying for the Division I state bowling tournament on Monday.

The Raiders placed eighth — the top five teams advanced to state — behind Marissa Stear at 550, Abbey Frazzini at 537 and Hailee Misel with a 518 at Freeway Lanes.

Boardman’s boys and girls teams both qualified and finished as district runners-up during action this week. Ironically, both Spartan squads finished second to Mentor in their respective district meets.

The Boardman boys rolled on Sunday at Stonehedge Lanes in Akron and finished behind Mentor. Joe Taraszewski had the fourth-best qualifying series, a 695. His support came from a tight pack of fellow Spartans — Rees Beckman at 578, Daniel Enright with a 576 and Jacob Burkey at 575. Spencer Fernholz contributed a 515.

The state meet is scheduled March 5 (girls) and March 6 (boys) at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in Columbus.

In the girls’ district meet Monday in Warren, Boardman was second to Mentor by 168 pins. Josalyn Hibbard led the way for the Spartans with a 584, 13th overall among individuals. She was backed by Grace Oklota with a 570, Fatima Rehman at 533, Lexus Petrich with a 518 and Sam Hoffman at 481.

The Division II state competition is this week on Friday (girls) and Saturday (boys), also in Columbus.

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