By Susan jenior | correspondent
Thirty-five teams representing 19 schools filled the 40 lanes at Bill White's Twin Star Lanes on Saturday for the 5th Annual Rover Sectional Preview Tournament.
After three regular games and six Baker games, the Boardman boys team successfully defended its title and the Mentor girls jumped over defending champion Hubbard.
The tournament was highlighted by an 800 series fired by Casey Cohagan of Fairport Harbor Harding. His final tally was 289-821 to earn high game and series honors.
Taylor Sturm of Jackson captured high game and series honors for the girls, firing a 266-691.
Amid the outstanding bowlers and several state-qualifying teams, one PTC bowler cracked the top five individuals.
Leannah Frances of Crestwood captured the fourth-high game with her 244 effort.
The tourney found Fairport Harbor Harding leading after the three regular games after bowling a high game of 1,149 and finishing with a 3,325 series.
Boardman was lurking just behind Fairport Harbor Harding by only 22 pins.
During the Baker games, Boardman turned it on to overtake Fairport Harbor and earned the tournament championship by 42 pins with a performance that included two 222 Baker games.
As teams arrived from throughout Northeast Ohio, the highest local finish among the boys was accomplished by the Stow Bulldogs, who jumped into the top four with their 4,210 total pinfall.
Tyler Meredith fired a high game of 258 for Stow, resulting in a 654 series.
The Hubbard girls found a home at the top of the Rover tourney, but this year it was a different outcome as Mentor finished with a 3,917, followed by runner-up Hubbard, which shot a 3,898.
The Garfield girls team finished in fourth place among the many Division I teams, with a team total 3,689.
Jessica Potteiger had the high series for the G-Men, rolling games of 190-189-189 for a 568 series, Anna Brigham added a 202-556 and Olivia Doraski bowled the high game for Garfield, a 213 on her way to a 537 series.
Springfield, the team sitting atop the PTC girls Metro Division, landed in fifth place thanks to the scoring of Jordan Bever, who finished with a 232 game and a 581 series. The Spartans were just 52 pins shy of the G-Men.
The 5th Rover Sectional Preview Tournament is competed in the same format as the OHSAA Sectional Tournaments. The 6th Annual event is set for Jan. 18, 2014 at Bill White's Twin Star Lanes, hosted by the Rootstown Rovers.