By Susan Jenior | Correspondent
The Garfield girls bowling team, the premier team in the Portage Trail Conference, advanced two girls to the OHSAA Division I state bowling tournament, as Olivia Doraski and Anna Brigham grabbed two of the individual qualifying spots at the district tournament held at Crest Lanes in Warren.
Doraski and Brigham will join local individual Julie Nolte of Stow, who grabbed the third individual qualifying spot, along with the Springfield girls, co-champions of the PTC Metro Division, at the state tournament.
Doraski and Brigham finished in the fourth and fifth qualifying spots as individuals, respectively, at the OHSAA Division I District Tournament.
Doraski and Brigham, part of the starting five throughout the season for the PTC County Division champion G-Men, fired series of 576 and 568, respectively, to advance.
Doraski rolled 210 high game and Brigham tossed a 190 high game on their way to the qualifying spot.
The G-Men, under the watchful eye of coach Joe Brigham, just missed qualifying for the state tournament as a team by 69 pins.
Stow's Nolte grabbed the third qualifying spot and the Springfield Spartans continued their outstanding season by firing a 2,614 to grab the final team spot behind Austintown Fitch, Jackson, Hubbard and Stark County's Perry.
Additional individual qualifiers advancing to the state event include Kaleigh Barth of North Canton Hoover and Casie Cupan of Girard.
THE STATE TOURNAMENT
The boys and girls state bowling tournament is set for Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl at 322 S. High St. in Columbus on Friday and Saturday.
The girls will bowl on Friday for state honors.