PTC Bowling Report: Schools bowl through holiday break

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Happy New Year.

While students were enjoying a much-needed holiday vacation from school, athletes across the Portage Trail Conference, including many of the varsity bowling teams, were continuing competition.

Even with the shortened week, there was time for Kent Roosevelt to pick up another victory over the Streetsboro Rockets and for a Woodridge-Garfield split at Sky Lanes, with the Garfield girls remaining unbeaten in the County Division, but the Bulldogs surprising the G-Men at their home lanes.

LAST WEEK

Thanks to the blizzard that arrived the day after Christmas, several matches were canceled this past week, as lanes closed their doors and let everyone go home. Truthfully, it was a good night to stay inside.

By the end of the week, the Crestwood girls traveled to compete against Southeast, Woodridge made it to Garfield and Kent Roosevelt and Streetsboro competed against each other at the lanes they share -- Kent Lanes.

MATCH OF THE WEEK

In the Metro Division, the Ravenna at Springfield match may be a close match for both the boys and the girls teams at Bill White's Akron Lanes.

The Springfield girls are the defending champions of the PTC Metro Division and Ravenna will be looking to join the title chase.

The Springfield and Ravenna boys have been putting up outstanding scores this season.

Additionally, East Canton travels to Sky Lanes to take on the Garfield G-Men in Garrettsville.

While the Hornets have struggled this season, the school's boys team seems to have hit its stride at College Bowl.

EVEN UP

Bowling remains the newest varsity sport in Ohio, so it is only natural that teams may take a while to find their consistency when many youths were not set to practice and participate in the sport prior to high school.

It appears that the 2012-13 season has allowed the competitive gap to close a bit, as all matches within the Metro Division have been very competitive.

Crestwood, Ravenna, Kent Roosevelt, Coventry and Springfield all have a legitimate shot at the title banner. Some matches have been so close that even just one spare could be the difference-maker.

NORTON

Bowling fans will find that the Norton Panthers are often in the overall stats, competing against PTC teams.

Although this is the second year that Norton is fielding a team, the Panthers are still in the development stages of the sport and did not want to participate in the PTC Metro Division schedule or in the league tournament at the end of the season.

THIS WEEK

Wednesday: Crestwood at Streetsboro; Ravenna at Springfield.

Thursday: Southeast and Akron North at Rootstown; East Canton at Garfield.

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