COLUMBUS: March 1, 2014 – The Wauseon Indians’ Bowling Team competed in the D-II State Final semifinals at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl on March 1. Unfortunately for the Tribe, they placed 14th overall, eliminating them from the eight-team cut that moves on to contend for the championship.
The Tribe did not have a strong round of regular games, racking up just 2451 pins. The strength of the team all year though has been the Baker games. This day however, the Baker game boom needed by the Tribe never came to pass as they were only able to slam a 555.
Kevin Moden closes his Wauseon career with a high series of 557, while Noah Stickley rolled the high game of 204.
Head Coach Pat Carr said of the tournament run, “This was a new experience; I have learned a lot, and will be better prepared for the new year.” Of the final charge in Columbus, Coach Carr said, “The team just couldn’t get started until the third game and the third Baker game, and then it was too late. We were down too many pins to make it up in Bakers, which has been our strength this year. Kevin Moden, with a new ball, bowled well with a 557, and Noah Stickley bowled the team’s high game with a 204. It has been a great season with the Wauseon Boys Bowling Team and with only losing one senior, Kevin Moden, I look forward to another great season next year!”
While fourteenth may not sound spectacular, it is important to put all things in perspective. In just our little corner of the state, there are 35 teams in the OHSAA D-II Northwest District. Add up all the D-II teams from the other six districts around the state, and being #14 out of that number says plenty about the great season the Tribe had, as well as the talent level of the team. They were the first and only team to roll a 300 Baker game during the regular season. During the postseason, they were the lone NWOAL team in Columbus, and became yet another Wauseon Indians team with OHSAA state finals experience.
The following individual Wauseon results were posted by game…
Peyten Shadbolt 126 157 161 444
Noah Stickley 146 152 204 502
Clayton Ricker 140 181 X 321
Kevin Moden 174 182 201 557
Nic Kearney 157 147 193 497
Substitution X X 130 130
Baker games – 171 / 158 / 226 – 555
Regular games – 2451
Total pins – 3006
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