By Susan Jenior | Correspondent
With the start of the New Year, high school bowlers return to the lanes with a full schedule of matches this week as they work towards the end-of season tournaments determining the PTC champions as well as the teams advancing to the district and state events.
The Garfield G-Men boys and girls continued to roll along in their first PTC County Division match against East Canton.
Best games for the G-Men girls included Olivia Doraski with a 184, Anna Brigham 169 and Chase Zupancic 162. Garfield won the match 2,026-1,540.
For the boys, the G-Men won 2,398-2,180.
Nick Wagner was the best among the Hornet bowlers, rolling a 202-191, but he couldn’t help catch the Garfield bowlers, including Mikey Schustrich (225-219 for a 444 series) and Travis Patterson (204-178—382). Collin McGurer added a 191 to Garfield’s winning effort.
The Southeast Pirates girls got their County Division competition rolling last week with a victory over the Rootstown Rovers at Bill White’s Twin Star Lanes.
Southeast offered a balanced attack, with Allison Richards bowling a 169, Brooke Carson tossing back-to-back 160 games of 165-160, and Rachel Rae Ruble smashing the pins for a 170, the high game of the match.
The Rovers were led by Alena Ingram’s 146.
METRO MATCHES OF THE WEEK
For the Crestwood boys, it is important to bring their best games this week as they welcome Kent Roosevelt today and Ravenna on Tuesday.
Kent Roosevelt is currently 3-2 but has a solid program, while both Ravenna and Crestwood are undefeated going into the New Year.
Every single match counts in the Metro Division boys race since any of five teams are capable of landing in the top spot going into the PTC Tournament.
Today and Tuesday are huge matches for the top three.
Meanwhile, the Springfield girls travel to Kent Lanes on Wednesday to take on the Rough Riders. Kent Roosevelt has been bowling very well at its home lanes, while Springfield has its entire team back to defend its PTC championship of the 2011-2012 season.
COUNTY MATCHES OF THE WEEK
East Canton at Woodridge is the highlight of the week for both the boys and the girls matches.
For the girls, the Hornets and Bulldogs have been struggling this season to keep everyone healthy as well as consistent.
With Southeast nipping at the heels of the leaders in the girls division, the match between East Canton and Woodridge can make the difference of who challenges Garfield at the end-of-the-season tournament the first week in February.
MONDAY: Garfield @ Rootstown, East Canton @ Woodridge, Kent @ Crestwood.
TUESDAY: Streetsboro @ Coventry, Ravenna @ Crestwood, Southeast @ East Canton.
WEDNESDAY: Springfield @ Kent Roosevelt, Southeast @ Garfield.
THURSDAY: Woodridge @ Rootstown.
FRIDAY: Springfield @ Streetsboro