Cincinnati high school bowlers are hoping to strike it big this week in the OHSAA Division I state tournaments at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in Columbus.
The girls tourney will be Friday and the boys tournament on Saturday. Both team and individual competitions will be contested.
La Salle qualified for state after finishing fourth in the district tournament, the best among local teams.
Senior Tommy Hambrick shot a 672 at districts to finish 11th. Senior Alex Toelke was 19th with a 662 and senior Zach Torbeck 27th with 638. Senior Nolan Blessing shot 583.
St. Xavier finished fifth in the district tourney to advance.
Senior Owen Sena shot 665 to finish 17th. Juniors Allen Rosal and Jared Littelman also shot over 600 to finish in the top 41.
Middletown junior Dylan Wood qualified for state as an individual after finishing sixth in the districts with a 693. Ross junior Caleb Smith shot 690 to advance, finishing seventh.
Mercy McAuley qualified in the girls tournament after winning the district championship. Senior Abby Perkins finished ninth with a 620, Senior Chrissy Cook shot 608 individually and placed 13th. The Wolves’ top six players are all seniors.
Colerain also qualified as a team after finishing fourth in the district tournament. Sophomore Isabelle Snyder placed seventh with a 645.
Three local girls qualified as individuals for the state tournament.
Lebanon senior Hannah Rearick shot a 681 in the district tournament to finish second overall.
Seton junior Rebecca Ochs shot a 626 to finish eighth.
West Clermont senior Alexis Stewart shot a 620 to finish ninth.
Division II was contested last week.
Reading sophomore Ian Carpenter finished 66th in the individual state tournament.
Reading had finished sixth in the district tournament, and Norwood ninth. Carpenter shot a 683 in the district tournament and finished fourth overall.
Batavia teammates Drew Olivia (eighth) and Preston Clark (10th) both placed high in the district tournament, and Norwood freshman Riley Carman was 16th.
Northern Kentucky enters its postseason next week, with regional tournaments at Super Bowl Erlanger and the state tournament beginning March 22. Team and individual tournaments will be contested.
The Region 6 tournament is March 8-10. Those teams are Beechwood, Boone County, Conner, Cooper, Covington Catholic, Dixie Heights, Holy Cross (Covington), Lloyd Memorial, Notre Dame, Ryle, St. Henry District
The Region 5 tournament is March 15-17. Those teams are Bishop Brossart, Campbell County, Dayton, Highlands, Newport, Newport Central Catholic, Pendleton County, Scott and Simon Kenton