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By Susan Jenior | Correspondent
The expected and the unexpected were partners at the 7th Annual Portage Trail Conference High School Bowling tournaments as four tourney champions and four PTC team champions were crowned in the Boys and Girls Metro and Boys and Girls County Divisions.
When the last pin had dropped the Garfield High School G-Men successfully defend the County girls title they have made their own; the Springfield Spartans shared the Metro girls title with the Coventry Comets; the Garfield boys managed to walk away with another County Division title; and the Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders stood atop the Metro Boys Division.
A fight to the finish: Metro boys
At the end of the regular season, the Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders were the leaders with an 8-2 record and the Crestwood Red Devils were in fifth place with a 4-6 record.
The Red Devils struggled throughout the season but brought their 'A' game to the tourney, giving Kent Roosevelt a reason to stay hot on the lanes.
When the tourney was over, the Rough Riders had tossed a final 4,090 pins to Crestwood's 4,039 as Kent won by a 51-pin cushion.
One of the reasons Crestwood stayed so close was the medalist performance of Matt Lyons, who finished with an outstanding 770 series. Lyons put together games of back-to-back 246s followed by a 278 game for the 770 set.
But the Rough Riders did what they had accomplished all season -- kept a steady and balanced attack on the lanes with Chris Hoskin capturing one of the top three individual medals with his 658 series that included a 225 game.
Roosevelt had nine games over 200 out of the 15 games rolled in the first three games and then started and finished its Baker series with 200-plus games.
With the tournament victory, Roosevelt is also the PTC Metro Boys Division champion.
Also earning medalist honors in the Metro Division tourney was Ravenna's Dylan Montgomery, who finished with a 647 series.
The Springfield girls looked like a shoo-in to repeat as the sole PTC Metro girls co-champions after a 10-0 perfect record.
Coventry had a different idea.
The Comets, who came into the tournament in third place, decided this would be their tournament.
Karlee Evans successfully defended her medalist performance from 2012 firing a 620 series for Coventry.
It was a battle throughout the tournament between Coventry and the Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders.
While Kent was focusing on regular-season champion Springfield, Coventry was putting together an outstanding 3,514 series, sealing its vidtory with a final 186 game.
Rough Riders freshman Kaitlyn Jastromb tossed a nice 560 series with a 214 final game to take the bronze individual medalist.
Chelsea Crihfield of Springfield successfully defended her silver-medalist performance of 2012, scoring a 573 series with a 226 high game.
Springfield scored well enough to finish in a tie for the PTC Metro Girls Division championship with Coventry.
Garfield has found a home at the top of the PTC County Division boys and this year was no different, earning the title and the banner to hang in its gymnasium.
But it wasn't without a few bumps in the road along the way.
The Woodridge Bulldogs beat Garfield during the regular season.
Then, at the PTC Tournament, the East Canton Hornets put together an outstanding tournament.
The Hornets sounded the start horn with a first team game of 1,001 that included a 254 game by tourney silver medalist Justin Sutton.
It was a back-and-forth battle between East Canton and Garfield, with the Hornets winning the PTC Tournament by a slight 42 pins.
Also taking home tournament individual medals were Garfield's Travis Patterson, who stood atop the leaderboard with a 621 series, and East Canton's Tyler Aller, who finished with a 579 series to take home the third-place medal.
While the other divisions experienced excitement and a close competition throughout the tournament, the County girls tourney and ultimate title were never in doubt.
The Garfield girls, with a remarkable streak of County Division wins, fired an initial game of 862 that bested the nearest competitor by more than 200 pins.
The G-Men never looked back, adding team games of 923 and 854 and several solid Baker games of 172 and 189 on their way to a team total of 2,639.
The G-Men demolished the competition by more than 800 pins.
The Southeast Pirates, in their second year of bowling, finished in second place, with Brooke Carson rolling a 192 game and a 482 series.
Garfield also swept the tournament medalists. Jessica Potteiger, Olivai Doraski and Brittany Thornton earned the top three series with 606, 586 and 513, respectively.